Good News For Nigerians As NASS Convinces DISCOs To Suspend Tariff Increase Plan Till 2021
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The National Assembly convinced the electricity distribution company (DisCos) to stop the proposed increase in tariffs for electricity consumers in the first quarter of 2021.
In a statement, Ola Awoniyi, spokesman for Senate President Ahmad Lawan, said at a meeting Monday that lawmakers had agreed with DisCos to stop the planned increase.
We recall that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) indicated in January 2020 that the revision of the national electricity tariff would take place starting April
In March, he ordered the distributor (DisCos) to postpone the proposed tariff increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The meeting, which included other energy players, Ola Awoniyi, a spokesman for Senate President Ahmed Lawan, said in a statement that the National Assembly leadership had persuaded Disco to postpone the plan until the first quarter of 2021 due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The agreement here is that there will be no tariff increases starting July 1," Lawan said.
"The spokesman and I will take the right actions and meet with the President. We agree that there is no reason to justify the increase, but the timing is not right and the right action needs to be taken View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
"In the first quarter of next year, our job is to work with you to ensure that we put this block in place to support the possibility of a rate hike.
"We will certainly be enthusiastic about the possibility of a tariff increase in the National Assembly.
"The lives of Nigerians today and around the world are too depressed because of the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have previous problems that will always make it difficult for our people to pay tariffs effectively.
"However, for this business to flourish and for the sector to be improved properly to attract investment, there must be something to give up, no doubt about that, but it is also important to review the deadlines for our actions."
DPR spokesman Femi Gbajabiamila said the time to increase the damaging virus was bad.
"The good thing is we agreed that we must do something about the costs," the spokesman said.
"How do we get tariffs or fees. Who are the stakeholders? What role does the National Assembly play?
"The most important thing is whether the president is aware, because the president is probably the biggest participant other than the Nigerian people. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
"Whatever his administration should be, it will affect us all. I think it will affect his government. This time it is not an increase; the weather." "I think it will affect this government, and if it affects the government, we must unite all the people around our people, our president and the government to ensure that we do the right thing," said Gbajabiamila.