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NERC orders IBEDC, others to suspend tariff increase

Three days after Nigeria Labour Congress (APC) and Federal Government of Nigeria agreed on suspension of new tariff increase, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) ordered the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to suspend the tariff increase for 14 days.

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The suspension is in line with the agreement reached with the organised Labour on the suspension of strike over the hike in electricity tariff and increase in pump price of petrol.

The commission’s suspension order of the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2020 signed by Prof James Momoh, NERC’s Chairman was released on its website on Wednesday.

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The Federal Government agreed that the recent review in electricity tariffs would be suspended by the commission for a period of 14 days to further consultations and finalization of negotiations between the parties.

The order by NERC said that from Sept 28 to Oct 11 the DisCos must revert all charges to the tariff existing as of Aug 31.

“This means that for the next two weeks, electricity consumers having power above 12 hours who were affected by the over 100 percent tariff hike would revert to their old charges.

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It said as empowered by Section 33 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, EPSRA 2005, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman can issue such directive to NERC.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Mamman were among the team that met with the labour unions.

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