MUSA BABA AHMED, Abuja
The House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution urging the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to stop the ongoing implementation of increased electricity tariff across the country.
Adopting a motion sponsored by Hon. AliyuSaniMadaki (APC, Kano), the House equally mandated its committee on power to investigate the rationale behind persistent increase in electricity tariff when supply of same has not being commensurate with bills charged and report back in two weeks.
NERC had recently announced that a new increased electricity tariff plan would take effect from this month, which shows that consumers will now pay about twice of what formally obtained.
But Madaki in his motion noted that there has been erratic power supply by respective power companies in the country, saying that the plan tariff would bring more hardship to Nigerians.
He argued that previous increase in electricity tariff plan did not yield any corresponding results, saying the projected estimates “to generate 4000 megawatts in 2008, 6000MW in 2009, 10,000MW in 2010 and 16,000MW in 2011 ended up in fiasco.”
He said if the proposed increase in the electricity tariff was not stopped, “its multiple effects on the economy cannot be quantified.”
However, Nigerians woke up on the December to the challenge of having to pay a jerked-up electricity bills which they have since started paying amid complaints.
Residents of Abuja and environs have been lamenting the fact that they are being made to pay for what they did not consume as companies’ officials sit in their offices to determine who pays what without actually coming to take the reading of the meter.
The motion was unanimously adopted by majority of members at plenary as Speaker AminuWaziriTambuwal referred it to the House committee on power for further action.