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Electricity commission explains tariff cut

27 March 2015, 10:16Uche Anunne

Abuja - The Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr Sam Amadi, said on Thursday that the recent cut in electricity tariff affects only residential, industrial and commercial consumers.

Amadi made the clarification when a delegation of the Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria (ECAN), led by the President Chijioke James paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on Thursday.

He said NERC rule provided a 60-day window to verify claims on the reviewed tariff whose implementation started on January 1.

Amadi said it was within the period that Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and other consumer groups made an appeal for the tariff review.

He said the commission reduced the tariff when it saw merit in the argument put forward by MAN that the Jan. 1 increase in tariff would impact on their businesses.

"We have always tried to listen to complaints from consumers and operators alike and we carry out tariff reviews when necessary. We are a responsive and accountable regulator,’’ Amadi said.

He said the reduction in tariff was in line with the Commission’s Business Rules.

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"Majority of the residential customers- R2 and R1 categories did not experience the January 1, 2015 increase in tariff.

"They will not also see any reversal or reduction in tariff as the industrial, commercial consumers would do," he said.

James had earlier said the group was at the commission to commend it for reduction in tariff for some classes of electricity consumers.

"We have been very critical of NERC to see that consumers enjoy power supply, but it will be bad to see that a government agency has done something right and we fail to commend it openly," James said.

He said that ECAN needed the support of agencies like NERC and Consumer Protection Council amongst others to enlighten consumers on the dangers of patronising sellers of fake electrical equipment.

"ECAN will use this opportunity to urge NERC to encourage electricity distribution companies to improve on their response rate in resolving complaints from consumers nationwide," he said.



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