Electricity Tariff Hike: Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission replies protesters
The existing electricity tariff order which became operational on February 1, 2016 (MYTO 2015) was carried out after wide consultation with different shades of opinion, and in strict compliance with extant rules and judicial pronouncements.
The clarification is coming on the heels of a media statement credited to the Nigeria Labour Congress alleging certain infractions against the Commission.
While the Commission will restrain itself from delving into a matter already before the court, NERC, however, has taken note of the ongoing protest by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
In this regard, the Commission hereby states that it is committed to act in the best
Interest of electricity customers and all stakeholders in the development of the electricity industry.
The tariff regulation process entails wide consultation with stakeholders. In addition,
the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act 2005 empowers any party aggrieved or dissatisfied by the decision of the Commission to appeal to it within 60 days from the date of the decision. Therefore, the Commission is still open to further consultation.
On the issue of the Court Injunction, we wish to state that the Commission is a law abiding government body with respect and regard for the judiciary and the rule of law. The Commission will not contravene any court order. However, we wish to state that we must all exercise restraint to allow the court to do its duty of determining the matter before it.
NERC has since filed all necessary papers before the court in response to all the court cases. In the mean time, we wish to state that the Commission is dedicated to ensuring that regulation of the sector is fair and balanced for consumers, investors and all stakeholders in the delivery of a safe, adequate and reliable electricity supply.
Dr. Usman Abba Arabi – Head, Public Affairs Department