As part of efforts to end estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari recently directed the commencement of a nationwide mass-metering programme.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, August 29, by the chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), James Momoh.
The metering programme could lead to an increase or decrease in tariff, depending on individuals' electricity consumption.
Thus, Legit.ng in a Twitter poll asked Nigerians if they will agree to an increase in electricity tariff if they have a pre-paid meter.
"Would you agree to an increase in electricity tariff if you have a pre-paid meter as instructed by President Buhari?" the poll asked.
Out of the over 700 people who participated in the poll, the majority (69 percent) said they would not agree to an increase while 19% said they would not mind an increase, as long as they have the prepaid meter.
Over seven percent said they may agree to an increase while four percent said they don't know.
Commenting on the poll, Ashaolu O.S said: "Let them bring the pre-paid meter first before talking about tariff increment."
Lanrey, @Dhikroo, commented: "Prepaid or not, Nigerians can't even afford to pay up to the rate we are compelled to what we are paying presently. Tariffs increment is the same as estimated billing."
Prince Jadon tweeted: "Nobody will agree to pay for an increase of any such."
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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has also said it is committed to ensuring that “poor and vulnerable” Nigerians do not experience any undue increase in electricity tariff.
The commission's chairman, James Momoh, made this known in a statement released on Wednesday, August 26, Channels TV reports.
Momoh said electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) can only increase prices only after customers have been consulted and metered.
In other news, a young Nigerian has built a soakaway to generate cooking gas and electricity. The information about his creation and the pictures were shared by a Twitter handle, @yunusxonline.
Local media reports indicate he is Okwudor in Njaba local government area of Imo state.
In one of the pictures, he could be seen building the soakaway like the one used for toilets, other pictures showed how he worked a pipe transferring the said gas into an industrial burner.
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