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Power firms call Senate's bluff, vow to effect tariff increase

23 February 2016, 12:16

Abuja - Power distribution companies have vowed to implement the increase in electricity tariffs across the country despite the order by the Senate mandating them to maintain status quo.

The Power distribution companies came out with resolution after meeting briefly with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Monday.

It was gathered that the Discos viewed the Senate’s position on the new electricity tariff regime as advisory while deciding to go on with tariff increase.

A chief executive officer of one of the Discos who was present at the meeting stated that the resolution by the Senate mandating a reversal in electricity tariffs would not stand.

Also read: 'Senate's reversal of increased electricity tariff is illegal'

The senate had ordered the suspension of the new 45 percent electricity tariff increase by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The order of the Senate followed a motion to suspend the implementation of the new tariff, sponsored by Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi North), under Matters of National Importance.

Labour had few weeks ago took to the street across the 36 states of the federation to protest the tariff increase, calling it “illegal and unacceptable”.

The Senate President Bukola Saraki explained that the move “is necessary because any increase in cost, without the necessary improvement in service delivery by the power companies is unacceptable.”

Source: Punch

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