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.

Tariff Hike: NERC Insists Court Order Not Flouted

NERC-Abdulkadir-Shettima-Court-ElectricityThe Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that it did not go against the court’s injunction on electricity tariff increase.

The Deputy General Manager, Head, Tariff and Rates of NERC, Mr Abdulkadir Shettima, said this on Sunrise Daily.

“We don’t think we did. In our understanding (of) the court order, the plaintiff  didn’t sue as a class action, he sued on his behalf.

“For instance I am a customer, you are a customer (and) nobody consulted me. I personally feel that action by the plaintiff is going to set the industry back, it’s going to put problems or delay in getting electricity,” he said.

Understanding The Policy

The NERC official told Channels Television on Monday that the lack of understanding of the privatisation and reform policy was responsible for the reactions that have trailed the electricity tariff increase.

He said that the commission was yet to receive a certified copy of the judgement, insisting that all the required processes in the law were followed.

“I think it is lack of understanding from the policy behind this privatisation, the reform, and the growth of the electricity industry.

“The point is that we believed the person sued in his own capacity and his tariff was not increased. So we don’t believe that we flouted the injunction,” Shettima said.

Electricity Consumers Go Against Tariff Increase

ElectricitySome electricity consumers in Abia State southwest Nigeria have expressed their displeasure over the planned tariff increase.

This is because of the purported high bills given to them by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, which they said vary on a monthly basis.

One of the electricity consumers, Gloria Abiakam, said that the bill could sometimes amount to 79,000 Naira which they were forced to pay for, even when the lights were not available to them to use.

They urged those in authority to reverse the trend, saying it was affecting the masses.

The consumers also called on the Federal government to make the prepaid meters available.