The House of Representatives has requested the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to immediately stop its plans to increase electricity tariff, untill the investigations into the operations of the commission and electricity distribution companies are concluded.
The committee set up to investigate the Discos had expressed surprise on Wednesday that NERC could carry out its plans despite previous directives from the House stopping the plans.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr. Babajimi Benson, recalled that on Tuesday, December 15, it wrote NERC another reminder only for the commission to come up with an announcement of its own.
Benson quoted parts of the letter, saying:
In paragraph 3 (three) of our letter, dated October 29, 2015, under the same subject heading, we requested you to suspend the implementation of any increase in electricity tariff until the committee concludes its investigations.
Further recall that at the joint investigative hearing with the Committee on Power, it was agreed that any tariff increase should be suspended until all stakeholders are carried along.
Our attention has been drawn to various news items published in many newspapers to the effect that your commission has concluded plans to announce the new electricity tariff to Nigerians this week.
It is our opinion that any plan by your commission to announce new electricity tariff will run contrary to the spirit of the letter under reference and undermines the outcome of the investigative hearing by this committee as it relates to infrastructure and billing by Discos.
The committee again directed NERC to “suspend the announcement and/or implementation of any increase in electricity tariff until above stated issues are concluded.”