No tariff increase for the poor, Buhari gives marching order on mass metering – NERC

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) announced Wednesday the order by President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to operators in the power sector to carry out mass metering of unmetered customers nationwide.

The regulatory body also dispelled rumours that it had approved an increase in electricity tariff

Addressing the issue via its official Twitter handle, the NERC in a statement signed by its chairman, James Momoh 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.”

On tariffs, the NERC stated, “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.”

The information further said that tariff reviews, going forward, would only follow service-based principles. Under this model, power distribution companies would only be able to review tariff rates for customers when they consult with customers, commit 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”.

It said customers would also be metered, adding that no estimated billing based on the strict enforcement of the capping regulation.

“This means that unmetered customers will not experience any cost increase beyond what is chargeable to metered customers in the same area,” the regulator said.

It added, “Even under the above conditions, there will be no change in tariff for the most vulnerable as tariffs for those consuming 50KW or less remain frozen.”

It said customers receiving less than 12 hours of supply would also not experience any change in tariffs.

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