Consumers Oppose Electricity Tariff Increase, Lobby Fashola

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Electricity consumers on Wednesday kicked against the government’s plans to increase tariffs and demanded that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babtunde Fashola, should listen to their own side of the story before approving any increase in the rates, Daily Independent reports.

Speaking under the aegis of the Consumer Advocacy Forum inaugurated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the consumers argued that the power distribution companies must first meter their customers before tariffs could be increased.

The Chairman, National Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network, Mr. Tomy Akingbogun, said “If they had metered everyone by now, there will be no need for fixed charges for we are in the third year since the power companies were sold to the Discos. So, we are saying that there should be no increment in electricity tariffs and even the one done in January or February should be reversed.”

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