Electricity consumers serviced by the nation’s 11 Distribution Companies (Discos) may soon be on a collision course with the power vendors over impending moves to increase the energy tariff by about 46 per cent, amidst worsening power supply, The Sun reports.
The looming stand-off comes as the 11 Discos across the country have written the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), seeking its approval to raise power tariff by about 46 per cent. It was however, learnt that the delay in the approval process followed threats by the two labour centres, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), which had warned the Discos against any increase in view of their poor services and the current state of the Nigerian economy.
The current plan to hike the electricity tariff was said to be in conformity with the Federal Government’s Power Sector Recovery Plan (PSRP), a document formulated in March by the Office of the Vice President and the World Bank Group. Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body for the Discos, Mr. Sunday Oduntan, confirmed to The Sun in a telephone interview on Tuesday that the Discos have forwarded a proposal to NERC for a tariff raise.