Nigerians to pay more for electricity, as Govt approves hike in tariff

Amidst the economic difficulty facing many Nigerians, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, has approved increase in electricity tariff by the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies, DisCos, in the country.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria, the directive of the new tariff regime for different DisCos and category of customers, signed by the NERC chairman, James Momoh and secretary, Dafe Akpedeye was published on NERC website on Saturday.

The commission said that the order superceded the earlier one issued on the subject matter, and “the new tariff regime takes effect from January 1, 2020.”

NERC noted that the order had taken into consideration, other actual changes in relevant macroeconomic variables and available generation capacity as at October, 31 2019.

“The commission, however, based adjustments in the tariff, on the relevant data obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) such as average monthly inflation rate of 11.3 per cent, exchange rate of N309.97”.

According to the publication, for the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, residential customers (R3) that were paying N27.20 per unit are to now pay N47.09.

NERC said that the customers are now to pay N19.89 more per unit representing 236.75 per cent increase.

“The commercial customers C3 that paid N27.20 per unit in 2015, when the tariff was last adjusted and implemented are now to pay N47.09 in 2020.

The commission said that for the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company’s customers, the R3 category that were formerly paying N26.50 per unit is to now pay N36.92 per unit.

The customers are, therefore, to pay additional N10.02 per unit, representing 368.49 per cent increase.

“The commercial customers C3 that paid N24.63 per unit in 2015 are to now pay N38.14 per unit.

“The customers are to pay additional N13.51 per unit representing 282.30 percent.

“The industrial customers of the IKEDC D3 that paid N25.82 per unit are now to pay N35.85 per unit.

“The difference is now the additional 10.03 per unit, representing an increase of 357.42 percent”.

NERC said that Enugu Electricity Distribution Company residential (R3) customers that were paying N27.11 per unit in 2015 are to now pay N48.12 per unit.

The customers are to pay additional N21.01 per unit, which translates to 229.03 percent.

“The commission directed that “all DisCos are obligated to settle their market invoices in full as adjusted and netted off by the applicable tariff shortfall.

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