Lagos - Electricity consumers in Lagos
on Monday frowned at the new directive by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory
Commission (NERC) that Distribution Companies should fix electricity tariff
after consulting with consumers.
interviews that the NERC directive was unreasonable.
It is reported that NERC had on April 8 directed DISCOs to fix
electricity tariffs, in consultation with consumers, subject to ratification by
Mr Abdul-Rasak Osho, the Chairman, Iponri Housing Estate
Association said that this would put consumers at the mercy of the DISCOs.
“This directive will make consumers at the mercy of the electricity
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“These people are businessmen and since they have taken
over, there will be no improvement at all.
“If they are now giving them power to fix tariffs on their
own, they will start to charge consumers heavily,” he said.
Mr Ade-Owas Owabumuwa, President, Amuwo-Odofun Landlords
Association New Town, said that the NERC was delegating its function of
regulation to power firms, adding that it would affect the consumers.
“If the power to fix the tariffs is given to the
businessmen, they will make life uncomfortable by charging more than what we
“We are imploring the NERC to reconsider this decision
because it is not in the best interest of the consumers,” he said.
Mr Yusuf Raji, the Secretary of Alaba-Oro Landlord
Association, said that the new directive would add more burden to the
consumers, adding that consumers were currently paying for what they did not