DisCos Still Charge Suspended Electricity Tariff Despite NERC Order

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There are reports that that Nigeria electricity distribution companies (DisCos), still run the new electricity tariffs despite its suspension by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) last Tuesday.

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NERC had approved the new hike in tariff which kicked off on September 1, 2020, but following the pressure from the organized labour unions, the new tariff was suspended for two weeks to enable all the parties to dialogue and achieve an amicable ground.

Investigation in some parts of the nation capital, reveal many customers still paid under the suspended tariff, while the outlawed ‘Estimated Billing’ is still in operation.

Operatives of some of the Discos who spoke to Orient Energy Review, said while the directive was given on Tuesday, and modalities for the implementation would need time.

They noted that such was not applicable to postpaid meter customers who are being served bills for August which carried the old rate and not September.

NERC’s Electricity Tariff Suspension Directive

NERC had issued a statement on Tuesday, September 29, officially suspending the electricity tariff hike in line an agreement between labour and officials of the federal government.

The regulator issued Order No. NERC/209/2020 last Tuesday; with the title, “NERC Order on suspension of the Multi-Year Tariff Order 2020 for the electricity distribution licensees.”

The order was co-signed by the NERC chairman, James Momoh, and the commissioner, legal, licensing and compliance, Dafe Akpeneye.

The Commission was clear that the order shall take effect from 28th September (Monday) 2020, and shall cease to have an effect on the 11th October 2020.”

By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja

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