The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has been directed to immediately stop distribution companies (Discos) from further increase in electricity tariff.
The House of Representatives, in a resolution during plenary, also summoned NERC and the Discos to appear before it to answer questions on the issue to ensure Nigerians were not short changed.
The resolution was sequel to a motion sponsored by Rep. Solomon Maren (PDP-Plateau Mangu/Bokkos) on the need to arrest the proposed “unrealistic upward review of electricity tariff” by the distribution companies.
The lawmaker expressed concern that power generation and distribution in the country was in a state of comatose leading to the closure of industries causing unemployment and hampered development of Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Hon. Maren explained that though the House had resolved against the further collection of flat rates deemed illegal and not in tandem with best practices, Discos had begun devising other means of collecting monies from Nigerians.
“In many parts of the world, electricity tariffs are reducing due to fallen oil prices as much of electricity is generated by gas, which is a component of crude.
“If not checked, these unwholesome practices will continue to the detriment of the Nigerian masses which will also slow down the development of SMEs which spur industrial development.
“Discos took over the distribution of electricity from PHCN close to two years now, what have they added to the sector since they took over that warrants increase in tariff”, Maren asked.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the House presided by Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun.
The deputy speaker advised NERC and the Discos to immediately begin the provision of prepaid metres to every consumer nationwide.