Nigeria: Electricity consumers tackle distribution company over tariff review

Electricity meters

Electricity meters

05 September 2015, Lagos – ANGST by what they termed irrational operations of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IKEDC, electricity consumers under the umbrella of the Joint Action Committee, Electricity Distribution Company Customers Consultative Forum have kicked against plans by the company to review its tariff.

While describing this as unjustifiable and untimely, they urged the electricity company to regulate its services immediately to avoid confrontation with the consumers.

At a stakeholders meeting tagged: “Public Consultation On Tariff Review” held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos yesterday, the consumers through a protest vote unanimously said no to the planned tariff review, noting that the electricity company has not done enough to warrant this.

Chairman of the forum, Apostle Amos Olawoye, said its position is that all electricity consumers would reject any tariff increase.

“The assurance of improvement in power supply given by NERC and the electricity distribution companies during the process of previous tariff increase has not come to reality. Instead of the expected improvement it is persistent depreciation and payment for irregular power supply,” he said.

He noted that unless the electricity company meets its three demands, which are; removal of fixed charges; stoppage of billing to unmetered customers; and putting an end to crazing billings, all estimated billings from IKEDC would be returned.
*Gbenga Akinfenwa and Bolape Busari – Guardian

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