'Buhari ordered mass metering not tariff increase' - NERC

NERC has condemned the claim on increased electricity tariff
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Ernest Sunday

Following the rumour that the President of Nigeria Mohammadu Buhari has approved an increase in electricity tariff, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has condemned such claim.

According to NERC on Wednesday night the President only ordered for mass metering in areas without prepaid meter to give an accurate account of light availability and cost.

The commission said, “The President has directed that there should be a nationwide mass-metering programme in an effort by the Federal Government to put a stop to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity.

“He has also approved a waiver of the import levy on meters so that those that do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at reasonable costs.”

Speaking about the increase in tariff, NERC wrote a note on twitter which was signed by its Chairman, John Momoh saying, “The general public and all stakeholders in the power sector are by this statement urged to disregard any reports of an arbitrary tariff increase affecting Nigerians.”

It also stated that under service-based principles, power distribution companies would only be able to review tariff rates for customers on consultation with the customer and committing to increasing the number of hours of supply per day and quality of service.

It said, “In all cases, poor and vulnerable Nigerians will not experience any increase.

“In line with these expectations, Discos are directed to engage with their customers on a Service-Based Tariff structure.”

The NERC said under the Service-Based Tariff Structure, Discos could only review tariffs for customers under the condition that customers were consulted and given a guaranteed level of electricity service by the Discos based on hours of supply.

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