- Nigerians would have to pay for power supply following the implementation of the new electricity tariff regime
- DisCos notified customers that the new tariff regime would commence from Tuesday, September 1
- Ikeja Electric in its statement said there would be a deferment of the new applicable tariff to some customers
Nigerians would have to pay for power supply as the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) begin to implement the increment in electricity tariffs.
The implementation of the new electricity tariff regime was disclosed in a statement issued on Monday, August 31, by the distribution companies.
According to Premium Times, DisCos notified customers that they would commence the implementation of the new tariffs beginning from Tuesday, September 1.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in its notice to customers stated that it had commenced the implementation of the new service reflective tariff plan (SRT) across its franchise area.
Oyebode Fadipe, a spokesperson for the AEDC said the increment would result in longer hours of power supply.
Similarly, the Ikeja Electric in its statement said there would be a deferment of the new applicable tariff for customers who enjoy less than 12 hours power supply daily over a period of one month for the period September 2020 to January 2021 until service improves.
Other distribution companies in several parts of the country also reportedly notified their customers about the new electricity tariff regime
There are expectations that the new tariff regime being implemented by the Discos will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.
Meanwhile, in a drastic effort to put an end to the vexatious and arbitrary estimated billing, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally directed the commencement of a nationwide mass-metering programme.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, August 26, by Prof. James Momoh, chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
According to him, Buhari's directive was in response to the yearnings of Nigerians.
In another news, some youths in Minna, Niger state on Monday, morning August 31, blocked one of the major roads in the state capital to protest incessant power supply in the area.
The outraged youths also sent away the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Matane, who had accosted and appealed to them to open up the roads and stop the protest.
The youths declared they were tired of the epileptic power supply, saying the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was taking residents for granted.
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