Lawmakers want electricity fixed rates scrapped

nerc129 May 2014, Benin City – Edo State House of Assembly has adopted a resolution calling on the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to abolish the fixed charge.

They said it is illegal  for customers to pay for what they have not consumed.

The adoption of the resolution was sequel to the consideration of a report of the House’s Standing Committee on Energy and Water Resources, based on a petition titled: ‘Re-Electricity fixed charges and other fraudulent charges of the good people of Edo State being perpetuated by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC)’ at the Committee of the Whole.

The Legislature, while adopting the nine-point findings and four-point recommendations of the committee, urged BEDC, to supply meters to customers starting with those who have paid.

The House urged  the firm to stop estimated billing in the state as well as improve on their services, through constant power supply.

The House further urged BEDC to  comply with the relevant sections of the NERC Act, by organising seminars to enlighten people on their responsibilities and expectations as advocated by the Committee.

It would be recalled that a few months ago, the coalition of civil societies in Edo protested to the House the illegal collection of fees by IKEDC under the guise of fixed charge.


– The Nation

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