House of Representatives has summoned the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, and Distribution Companies, DISCOs, to appear before it (when the relevant committee is constituted) to explain the rationale behind the upward review of electricity tariff.
The House, therefore, called on NERC to stop the distribution companies from further action towards the upward review of electricity tariff.
The lower chamber said the move was to ensure that Nigerians were not shortchanged.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Solomon Maren titled: “Arresting the Impending Unrealistic Upward Review of Electricity Tariff By Distribution Companies.”
In his lead debate, Maren observed with dismay that power generation and distribution in the country had been in a total decay, thus leading to the closing down of industries.
He lamented that the development had led to unemployment and hampered Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs, from operating smoothly in the country.
The lawmaker explained that despite its resolve against the collection of flat rates, the DISCOs had continued to devise other means of collecting money from Nigerians.
According to him, “in many parts of the world, electricity tariffs are reducing due to falling oil prices as much electricity is generated by gas which is a component of crude. If it is not checked, these unwholesome practices will continue to the detriment of the masses which will also slow down the development of SMEs that spur industrial development.
“These DISCOs took over the distribution of electricity from PHCN close to two years now, what have they added to the sector since they took over that warrants increase in tariff?’’ Maren queried.
The motion was unanimously adopted by the House.
The House also mandated the NERC and DISCOs to immediately begin the provision of prepaid meters to every electricity consumer nationwide.