House of Representatives summons Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission over plan increase of electricity tariff.

The House of Representatives has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission-NERC and distribution companies in the country to halt any plan to further increase electricity tariff.

It also summoned NERC and all distribution companies operating in the country to appear before the House to explain why an upward review of tariff was necessary at a time that consumers complained of poor supply of electricity.

In a resolution passed unanimously during its plenary, the House further asked NERC and distribution companies to immediately begin the provision and installation of pre-paid metres to every consumer nationwide.

The resolution was passed after debating a motion moved by a member from Plateau State, Solomon Baren who said handlers of the power sector and the distribution companies were taking Nigerians for a ride by contemplating another tariff hike when the reality on the ground was that electricity supply had not improved.

The House noted that about two years after the distribution companies took over power distribution in the country, they had not added any infrastructure to the sector to warrant frequent tariff hikes.


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