June 22, 2024
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Nigeria: Court Halts Electricity Tariff Increase for Band A Consumers in Kano

The Federal High Court in Kano has temporarily halted the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) from enforcing a proposed tariff increase for Band A consumers within the DisCo’s franchise area.

Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court in Kano granted an interim order following an ex-parte motion filed by A.B. Mahmoud, SAN, representing various companies including Super Sack Company Limited, BBY Sacks Limited, Mama Sannu Industries Limited, Dala Foods Nigeria Limited, Tofa Textile Limited, and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Limited (MAN).

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The court order prohibits NERC and KEDCO from implementing the tariff hike, originally set to begin this month, pending further proceedings on the motion on notice. Additionally, the order forbids the defendants from threatening or disconnecting the electricity supply to the Applicants for their refusal to accept the new tariff.

NERC’s decision to raise electricity tariffs for Band A consumers, aimed at ensuring a more stable power supply for those with the financial means, faced backlash from many Nigerians. Critics argued that migrating most consumers to Band A while the electricity supply remains unreliable was unjustified.

Energy Afrique recalls that Nigeria’s House of Representatives had earlier urged NERC to halt the implementation of the proposed tariff increase nationwide.

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