15 July 2016, Abuja – Electricity distributors have rejected a Federal High Court ruling mandating the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to reverse the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs in the country.
According to them, customers will be billed for electricity based on the new tariffs, implemented in February, pending the resolution of the dispute over the tariffs.
The Executive Director, Association of National Electricity Distributors, an umbrella body for the Discos, Mr. Sunday Oduntan, told our correspondent that the case was only lost at the Federal High Court in Ikoyi Lagos.
He said the Discos had appealed the ruling and were prepared to pursue the case up to the Supreme Court if need be, adding that nothing had changed as the power firms would still go ahead to collect what they used to charge as electricity tariff.
Oduntan said, “In that case and at that level, we lost the case but we are appealing, and we have filed for a stay of execution, which means everything remains the same. We respect the court and as a lawyer, I’m a counsel in the temple of justice and respect any ruling given by any court of competent jurisdiction.
“So, we have no problem with the ruling but we are appealing it; because at that level, it is not final. For that reason, we are going on with our business without any distraction and we will continue to fight the case up all the way to the Supreme Court if need be. Therefore, in essence, nothing has changed.”
But the Nigerian Labour Congress lauded the court judgment, describing it as a courageous one and added that it was in the interest of the people and was a victory for Nigerians against arbitrariness in governance.