Why Dogara Is Very Angry With Electricity Companies
Electricity tariff has been frequently increased recently, but not so with power supply; and this is making the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, very angry.
Dogara is even more provoked because the Federal Government had recently bailed out the power sector with about 123 billion Naira.
He said the frequent hikes in tariffs was injustice to Nigerians, who had become accustomed to living without regular power supply.
Dogara spoke in Abuja at a public hearing on the need to interface with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and other stakeholders to critically examine and re-assess all inputs and assumptions in the Multi-Year Tariff-Order.
He noted that paying higher tariff for power that was not supplied had become a huge burden on consumers and must be addressed by stakeholders, particularly the regulator, NERC.
The speaker said: “There has been a prolonged public outcry over the continuous increase in the unit price of electricity, which many believe is not in tandem with the current realities in electricity supply.
“The tariff has continued to increase from an average of 10 naira per kw/h in 2007 to an average of 24.20 naira per kw/h in 2017 without substantial improvement in power supply.
“Despite, the 123 billion-naira Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilisation Fund provided by the Federal Government as subsidy to the sector operators, the situation remains unpleasant.
“The House is concerned about the seeming injustice to the Nigerian public and wishes to examine the possibility of redressing the trend".
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