April 20, 2024
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ELECTRICITY

Who Nigeria’s Electricity Tariff Hike Will Affect?

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) stated that the increase in electricity tariff will specifically impact customers receiving 20-hour power supply nationwide. The commission clarified that customers in Bands B, C, and D will remain unaffected by the tariff adjustment.

Energy Afrique has earlier reported that the Nigerian Government on Wednesday announced a hike in the electricity tariff for Band A customers.

Musliu Oseni, Vice Chairman of NERC, in a press briefing in Abuja, noted that the approved tariff increase for Band A customers would see rates rise from N68/KWh to N225/KWh but assured that this adjustment wouldn’t impact customers in Bands B and C.

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Oseni highlighted that only approximately 15% of electricity consumers, who consistently receive 20 hours of daily power supply, will experience the tariff increase.

However, he assured that customers not affected by the rate revision would continue to receive uninterrupted service.

The vice chairman disclosed that some customers previously classified under Band A would be downgraded to Band B due to their failure to meet the required hours of electricity provision by the distribution companies. He emphasized that this step was taken to protect consumers’ interests.

To ensure compliance and guarantee the promised 20-hour supply, NERC mandated distribution companies to establish rapid response teams in feeder locations.

Oseni explained that failure to maintain this level of service for seven consecutive days would result in an immediate downgrade of the feeder.

Additionally, if a distribution company fails to meet its commitment for two days, it must issue an explanation to affected consumers and submit it to the commission by 10 am on the third day.

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