The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to rescind its decision to further increase the electricity tariff in June.

The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Aniekan Umanah (PDP-Akwa Ibom) at plenary on Thursday.

Moving the motion, Umanah said that it was important to suspend the planned increase in view of the current harsh economic situation in Nigeria.

He said that NERC was established by the Electric Power Sector Act of 2005, with a mandate to license Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

The rep said that the commission was to determine operating codes and standards, establish customer rights and obligations, and set cost-reflective industry tariff.

Umanah said that NERC, working with Distribution Companies, had increased electricity tariffs five times since 2015 saying that the latest being on Jan. 1.

According to him, in spite of the increase, Nigerians have not enjoyed significant improvement in power supply; instead, they are daily grappled with epileptic services from the DISCOs.

He said Nigerians had suffered unilateral exploitation in the name of estimated billing arising from non-metering of over 50 per cent of consumers.

The house mandated its Committees on Power, Poverty Alleviation and Labour, Employment, and Productivity to ensure compliance with directive.


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