The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says consumers should be properly metered before any increase in the electricity tariff. On Monday, the National Assembly asked DisCos to halt the proposed increase in tariff for power consumers, and speaking on Tuesday after a visit to the presidential villa, Lawan said President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo have agreed on the deferment of electricity tariff hike. Lawan noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people negatively and the situation requires that everything possible is done to make life easy for Nigerians. In January, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had announced that there would be an upward review of electricity tariff across the country from 1 April but suspended it as a result of the pandemic. However, a few weeks ago, power minister, Sale Mamman, said the proposed hike will take effect from 1 July. According to NERC, only 3.9 million of the registered 10.3 million subscribers in the country have prepaid meters.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020