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Gbajabiamila to meet Malami, stakeholders over electricity tariff hike

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said electricity distribution companies have yet to convince the public that estimated billing will be stopped if they increase consumption tariff.

Gbajabiamila also said the National Assembly should ensure that the proposed new electricity tariff was cost-reflective, while stating that the increment should not be allowed until estimated billing was criminalised.

He said he would meet with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and stakeholders in the power sector over the matter.

The Minority Leader, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, on Thursday condemned the plans by Discos to increase electricity tariff, asking the Nigerian Electricity

Regulatory Commission to stop all processes leading to the increment.

He said any increase in electricity tariff would worsen “the already excruciating financial burden on homes, personal businesses, companies and the overall productive sectors”.

The NERC had approved the increment in its December 2019 Minor Review of Multi-Year Tariff Order 2015 and Minimum Remittance Order for the Year 2020.

Gbajabiamila on Friday tweeted on his verified personal Twitter handle, @femigbaja, “There is no guarantee that after any electricity tariff hike, the Discos will not continue with the nefarious practice of bill estimation or provide uninterrupted power supply.

“I believe @nassnigeria should ensure that any increase in electricity tariff, if at all, should be cost-reflective and not just a whimsical increase with no empirical basis.

“Also, any such increase should only be made after the proposed amendment to the law criminalising estimated billing is signed into law. I intend to meet and discuss this sequence and other conditions with the Attorney General of the Federation and other relevant authorities.”

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