Tariff Hike: Don’t protest, Nigeria electricity firms beg NLC, TUC

FILE PHOTO: Some members of the Electricity Consumer Protection Forum, Protesting the proposed hike in electricity tariff and alleged darkness across the nation at Ikeja,Lagos on Thursday' Nov. 12, 2015.
FILE PHOTO: Some members of the Electricity Consumer Protection Forum, Protesting the proposed hike in electricity tariff and alleged darkness across the nation at Ikeja,Lagos on Thursday' Nov. 12, 2015.

The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, on Sunday in Kano, appealed to organised labour to shelve its planned protest over electricity tariff increase on Monday.

A statement issued by the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy of the association, Sunday Oduntan, urged the unions to support the power sector operators to improve electricity supply in the country.

The statement urged Nigerians to support the Federal Government and the power sector operators to ensure the sustenance of the sector.

It said that Nigeria was witnessing an all-time high 5,075 megawatts of electricity for the first time in the history of the nation’s power sector.

“This is a demonstration that the sector has the capacity to meet the country’s power needs.

“Power is a major requirement in the drive to grow the nation’s economy and improve quality of life.

“We believe that this is only the beginning and that we can accomplish much more improvement in the sector, if all the stakeholders work together in partnership.

“ANED and its members are sensitive to customers’ anxiety over the recent increase in electricity tariffs”, the statement said.

It said that customers should know that the increase in tariffs was necessary for improvement of electricity infrastructure that had suffered decades of neglect.

“The increase will help to mitigate the negative cash flow and revenue shortfalls that have bedevilled the sector,” the statement said.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, had approved electricity tariffs increase by between N9.60 and N14.80, effective February 1, 2016.

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  • Kickboxer

    HEY TUC,NLC….please don’t strike when brainless Buhari returns from hospital he would SHAKE HIS BODY and there would be light!

  • mayor

    We pay more than the approved rate u mentioned now. The recent one I did was #34.something. That’s too much they only took advantage of the monthly charges removed to add more money.

  • Ogbeni Leke Olowe

    The strike must go on, imaging having only 3 hours of electricity in a day out of 24 hours, and giving estimated billing o #6000 – #7000 monthly is stealing by trick.All d discos are thieves.

  • HAMZA

    NLC ati TUC should STRIKE until meters are provided to all consumers!!!

  • Layo

    The excuse to increase electricity tariff is daft. How can you increase tariff on what you can not provide, the Eko Disco guy that came on Sunrise daily on Channels TV this morning did not make sense. Provide prepaid meter for all before you increase the tariff. The monthly fixed charge was only removed to pave way for the increase. Labour should go on strike. The Discos are pen robbers. Stop ripping us off.

  • Juli Iregbu

    I have always known Fashola to be a Slave driver but he is making a big mistake if he thinks his gimmick in Lagos will work on the entire Nigerians. Imagine him saying that the tariff hike “is a bitter pill that we must swallow”, come and shove it down our throat na. Mtchewwww!