Abuja - Minister of Power, Works and Housing,
Babatunde Fashola, said government must follow due process on power tariffs as the
private sector held the majority of shareholding at power distribution
He said failure to follow procedure would result in
government slammed with “avalanche of court cases.”
Fashola was speaking in Abuja to joint Committees’ of Labour
and Power, Steel Development, at a public hearing on electricity tariff hike.
He said the issue of tariff, contrary to insinuations, was
not arrived at arbitrarily as the Electricity Power Sector Reform Act 2005
provided for consultations with all stakeholders.
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“The processes of determining tariffs are clearly outside
the control of Government,” he said.
With the liquidation of Power Holding Company of Nigeria
(PHCN), Federal Government has become a minority shareholder which meant that
things must be done on commercial basis by the regulator – Nigerian Electricity
Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The meeting in Abuja came as the 11 distribution companies
(DISCOs) embarked on a mass disconnection of debtors.
NERC has halted the exercise.
- CAJ News