Nigerians cry out over fresh electricity tariff increase

Nigerians cry out over fresh electricity tariff increase

- The news of a fresh hike in electricity tariff has come as a surprise to some Nigerians

- Citizens opposed to the hike have criticised the federal government for the decision

- Labour unions in the country are yet to react to the tariff hike

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Electricity consumers have reacted angrily to a report that the federal government approved a fresh hike in electricity tariff.

The report which emanated on Tuesday, January 5, stated that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) approved over 50% hike in electricity tariff payable by customers of the 11 distribution companies (Discos).

Nigerians cry out over fresh electricity tariff increase
An electric transformer at the Afam VI power plant in Port Harcourt Photo: Florian Plaucheur
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However, the report has generated huge backlash from Nigerians who faulted the decision.

A check by on Facebook showed that majority of comments were opposed to the increase.

A section of the commentators wondered why the government would increase electricity tariffs twice in less than six months.

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Others who reacted to the issue said they would take advantage of solar power to reduce the amount they spend on electricity.

One of the social media users named Cynosure Vickson alleged that the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) allowed the hike because they had been bribed

He said:

After settling labour with fat envelopes. So they stand unopposed."

Another concerned Nigerian urged the government to reduce the cost of governance.

Fred Akechi Jibrin said:

"Government should reduce cost of governance and huge amount consumed by NASS every month instead of pushing total brunt of fuel and electricity increase to the poor.

An angry Nigerian said she might leave the country due to the government's actions.

Olagbe Victoria said:

"As if the light is stable they should also increase the light to stay longer yeye leader I go soon leave this country for una mtcheeee"

A user Okonkwo Stella confirmed the story by explaining that she was billed exorbitantly when she recharged her pre-paid metre recently.

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She said:

It's true oooo, i recharge yesterday and nearly cry. What a country."

Meanwhile, the Nigerian government has explained why it approved an increase in electricity tariff payable by electricity consumers in the country.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said some indices were considered for imposing the upward review of the tariff.

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