OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has directed the Ministry of Power and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend plans to increase electricity tariff until the leadership of the House concludes consultations on the matter.
The House further directed both the ministry and the commission to ensure there is uniformity in electricity tarrif charges across the country, instead of the present situation where Distribution Companies (Disco) charge indiscriminately.
These directives were given on Tuesday during a meeting organised by the House Committee on Power with the minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, and other stakeholders in the power sector.
The lawmakers also described the bi-yearly review of tariff as illegal because it is not backed by law.
They were reacting to an earlier submission made by the general manager of NERC, Sharfudeen Mamoud, while responding to questions raised by a member of the committee.
“We do minor review, regulating minor economic indices to include exchange rate for dollar to naira etc. We also determine tariff based on what is obtainable per time”, Mahmoud had stated.
The chairman of the committee continued, “There are so many unresolved questions. We have to do it logically to ensure that, at least, all of us know the feedback from Nigerians.
“On behalf of this committee, I will liaise with the Senate committee; put this on hold until proper consultations are achieved. The committee is directing you to halt this process until the honourable speaker finishes his consultation.”
Speaker of the House, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, said recently that electricity tariff will not be increased until estimated billing is prohibited.
He also said in a tweet that he will be consulting with the attorney general of the federation and other other relevant authorities on how best to achieve this.