OrderPaperToday –The speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has declared that the Green Chamber will not support any increment to electricity tariff until the bill prohibiting estimated billing is passed and signed into law.

He made the disclosure in a tweet on Friday, adding that he would be meeting with the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and other relevant authorities to discuss pre-conditions for any electricity hike.

The Nigeria Electritricy Regulation Commission (NERC) had announced a proposed increment to electricity tariff which to take effect in April.

The bill criminalising estimated billing was sponsored by Gbajabiamila in the 8th Assembly but did not get signed into law. It has been reconsidered and passed in the 9th House.

In his tweet, Gbajabiamila expressed concern that it is not certain that the increment would lead to improvement on electricity.

“There is no guarantee that after any electricity tariff hike the Discos will not continue with the nefarious practice of bills estimation or provide uninterrupted power supply.

“I believe the NASS should ensure that any increase in electricity tariff if at all should be cost-reflective and not just a whimsical increase with no empirical basis.  Also, any such increase should only be made after the proposed amendment to the law criminalising estimated billing is signed into law. I intend to meet and discuss this sequence and other conditions with the Attorney General of the Federation and other relevant authorities, ” he tweeted.

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