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Nigeria directs NERC to suspend electricity tariff hike

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Nigeria has directed its power industry regulatory body, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the recently 100 percent hike in electricity tariff.

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman said in a statement on Thursday that there was a committee working on the new electricity tariff regime and the committee should be allowed to complete its work before any development or adjustment.

Sale asked NERC to suspend the recent increment until the committee concludes its work by end of January.

“The public is aware that the Federal Government and the Labour Centers have been engaged in positive discussions about the electricity sector through a joint ad-hoc Committee led by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity and Co-Chaired by the Minister of State for Power. Great progress has been made in these deliberations which are set to be concluded at the end of January 2021.

“To promote a constructive conclusion of the dialogue with the Labour Centers (through the Joint Ad-Hoc Committee), I have directed NERC to forestall the implementation of the duly performed minor review (which adjusted tariffs between N2 per kWh and N4 per kWh) until the conclusion of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee’s work at the end of January 2021.

“This will allow for the outcome of all resolutions from the Committee to be implemented together.

“The Administration is committed to creating a sustainable, growing, and rules-based electricity market for the benefit of all Nigerians,” Sale said in the statement.

NERC had on Tuesday increased the electricity tariff payable by power consumers across the country.

The hike in tariff which varies, based on different consumer classes, took effect from January 1, 2021.

The regulatory agency blamed the N2 to N4 adjustment in tariff on inflation and movement in foreign exchange rates.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened a showdown over the development, saying the government was insensitive to the plight of Nigerians, considering the fact that there was an increment last two months.

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