House of Reps Directs NERC to Suspend Planned Electricity Tariff Hike

The House of Representatives has directed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend any planned increase in electricity tariff pending conclusion of investigation into activities of players in the sector by the House ad-hoc committee investigating the activities of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

The committee, which is currently probing DISCOs as it relates to infrastructure and billing in the country, wrote a letter dated December 15, 2015 and addressed to NERC, reminding the commission of previous communications in which it was agreed that further actions be suspended regarding review of electricity tariff.

The committee in the letter signed by its chairman, Hon. Jimi Benson, referred NERC to all previous correspondences in respect of the matter.

The committee further averred that “consequently, we hereby once again, DEMAND that you suspend the announcement and/or implementation of any increase in electricity tariff until above stated issues are concluded”.

The Committee further recalled that at the investigative hearing, it made an order that the Commission forward the list of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) indebted to the Distribution Companies.

The committee therefore urged NERC to also forward the list of DISCOs to it to enable it conclude its assignment.

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