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'Nigeria has lowest electricity tariff in Africa'

03 February 2015, 17:16

Abuja - The Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, said on Monday in Abuja that Nigeria had one of the lowest electricity tariffs in Africa.

Nebo said this at the inauguration of the disbursement of N213 billion Power Intervention Fund.

The minister said the tariff would continue to reduce as the sector grew.

“I think it is instructive that all of us bear in mind that Nigeria has about the lowest electricity tariffs in Africa and we have a situation where most people do not even appreciate this.

“You see someone burning fuel of N250 000 for generator in a month whereas his electricity bill is only about N20 000 for getting 12 hours of electricity supply.

Also read: Increase in electricity tariff

“You will see that the difference is so huge. In fact it will eventually get lower when we have better supply of electricity to our people,’’ he said.

“If you look at the way the entire disbursement is being made and the terms and conditions for return of the money back to the CBN you will see that it is quite unusual.

“This is because hardly do you get a loan that spans for 10 years in Nigeria.

“The situation is that this loan is very special and is one designed to give the consumers minimum gains as regards to tariff adjustment, Nebo said.

He said that the Electricity Regulatory Commission had made the facility in such a way as to protect consumers.

“The regulator is not going to allow any of the distribution companies to go home with unseen profit; it is not going to work. That is why the regulator is there.

“The fact is that things are changing. We now know that it takes a lot more naira to buy equipment; to buy spare parts and the economy is not the best as it was.

“But these adjustments have been made by the CBN in such a way as to allow the repayment period to be at least for 10 years

“That way the consumer will barely feel the impact of the intervention fund,” he said.



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