BEDC Decries Court’s Ruling On Electricity Tariff

Electricity, BEDC, Electricity TariffThe Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has criticised the judgement of a Federal High Court in Lagos which declared the present electricity tariff system being used by the 11 distribution companies in Nigeria void.

The Manager, Corporate Affairs, BEDC, Tayo Adekunle, stated this on Monday during an interview with Channels Television at the company’s headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

He said that the court’s decision was inimical to the progress of the power sector.

However, a civil rights activist, Omobude Agho, has lauded the judgement of the court.

He accused the distribution companies of exploiting Nigerians with the new price regime.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had in an earlier interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, discredited claims that it flouted the court’s injunction on the tariff increase.

The commission noted that the lack of understanding of the privatisation and reform policy was responsible for the reactions that have trailed the electricity tariff increase.

Falana Advocates Budget Scrutiny Across States

falanaCivil rights activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has expressed concern over matters arising on the discrepancies in the figures of 2016 budget.

Mr Falana spoke to Channels Television in Cape Town, South Africa where he also said that President Muhammadu Buhari must be encouraged to resist pressure to devalue the Naira.

“He should be supported but at the same time he must invest in the Nigerian people. You must support farmers, you must support the youth, you must create jobs and you must encourage Nigerians to believe in the country and themselves.

“Fighting corruption is good but what I think we should be fighting in impunity because its impunity that leads to corrupt practices. Its because of impunity we make a mockery of the budget law or the Appropriation Act.

“While the National Assembly should be commended for critically examining the budget, we must also get the Nigerian people to mobilize each of the states’ houses of assembly to also adopt a critical approach in passing budgets,” he said.