The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says the new electricity tariff regime would help in bridging the over N180 billion market gap recorded in 2015.
“So it’s fundamentally important right now that since we’ve balanced that aspect of it, we as regulator, are holding the operators, especially the Distribution Companies accountable for every bit of their service agreement.
“We have also embarked on massive consumer education, so that Nigerians will be well informed and well equipped to insist on their rights.
“Compelling Nigerians or communities to buy electric poles, buy transformers, repair transformers is totally not acceptable and we are holding the Distribution Companies accountable,”
He allayed the fears of Nigerians amidst the lingering crisis trailing the new electricity tariff and assured that the Commission has given “clear directives that with all the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria facility (loan), they must be able to meter Nigerians within the timeline.
“One of the new mechanisms that is very effective in this tariff regime is that the DISCOs must meter all consumers and failure to meter them within the timeframe means that Nigerians will not be disconnected and you (DISCOs) cannot estimate them.”
He added that the new policy also empowers any aggrieved unmetered consumer to reject outrageous bills.
“You have the right to say ‘No’ I’m going to pay the last bill that you accepted to pay, pending the resolution of the disputed bill. So there are in-built mechanisms that are very robust, very strong to ensure that the sector plays by the rules.”..