29 January 2016, Lagos – The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Plc (EKEDP) on Friday said it had commenced the enlightenment of all consumers within its zone on the new electricity tariff.
Mr Oladele Amoda, the EKEDP Chief Executive Officer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that he led a management team to Agbara, Ojo and Badagry for the enlightenment.
Amoda said a second team led by the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Sam Nwaire, went to Suru-Lere, Mushin, and Ijora areas of the state, for the same purpose.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had in December 2015 released a new tariff order that scrapped fixed charges, but increased energy charges by over 60 per cent.
Amoda said the company’s intensive enlightenment drive was in conjunction with the NERC’s directive to intensify consumer enlightenment on the new tariff, to provide for its justification.
“We have gone back to meet the consumers, to let them know what the tariff will look like and what we are going to do with the increment.
“After deliberating on this issue, the consumers were impressed with the reason behind the new tariff and assured us that they would pay, if electricity supply is regular,’’ the EKEDP chief said.
According to him, residential consumers with single phase meter who are presently paying N15 per kilowatt will start paying N24 from Feb. 1, while residential consumers with three phase meter will pay N25 per kilowatt.
Amoda explained that the increment would provide the company with money to change some of their obsolete equipment.
He said the management team would take the campaign to Apapa and FESTAC Town on Feb. 3, while Feb. 5 had been scheduled for Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Lagos Island, Lekki, Ajah and Ibeju-Lekki.