The Federal government’s planned 100% increase in electricity tariffs will take effect on Wednesday, July 1. Energy Minister Sale Mamman informed Nigerians on June 15 of the planned increase in electricity tariffs that was to take effect.
However, electricity distribution companies (DisCos) have told Nigerians that the tariff increase will not lead to a more efficient energy supply.
DisCos, through its umbrella body, the Association of Nigerian electricity distributors (ANED), told the national newspaper on Sunday, June 28 that there would be only a slight improvement after the tariff increase.
Sunday Oduntan, Executive Director (research and advocacy) at ANED, said the reason for this is that there is no increase in electricity generation.
He also noted that there are unresolved issues in the energy sector. – Compared to what was five years ago, everything will change. But don’t expect 24-hour electricity.
“There is no increase in generation. Have you heard of an increase in transmission? That’s the problem. There is a need for restructuring, ” he said in a telephone conversation with the newspaper.
He noted that the energy sector will continue to experience problems as long as there are people who decide to cheat the system. But private sector stakeholders are opposed to any increase in tariffs in the face of insufficient electricity supply.
They warned that higher electricity tariffs could lead to lower production costs and job losses.
Meanwhile, as part of its efforts to help the government fight COVID-19, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) said it had suspended power cuts to consumers indefinitely until the pandemic is over.
Globalgistng reported That KEDC spokesman Abdulaziz Abdullah made this statement on Monday, April 20, during a donation of emergency relief supplies (food) by the Kaduna state government.
Globalgistng revealed that the electricity company has hinted that it will allocate N30 million to donate food to vulnerable people, its franchise covers the States of Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi.
Abdullahi said the gesture is aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to provide palliatives to residents of the state to mitigate the effects of the KOVID-19 lockdown.
He called on members of the public to follow the necessary medical protocols to collectively defeat the virus.
The spokesman assured Kaduna residents of a stable power supply throughout the lockdown period to ensure a comfortable stay at home.