Senate urges NERC to abolish fixed charges

The Senate has urged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission-NERC, to abolish fixed charges collected from electricity consumers.

Federal lawmakers at yesterday’s plenary made the resolution after reviewing the operations of the electricity Distribution Companies-DISCOs since the unbundling of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

The Senate urged the commission to advise the DISCOs to end bulk metering as well as halt the practice of making consumers pay for poles and transformers, which by law, are properties of electricity distribution companies.

Some of the lawmakers said that while they expected the privatisation of the power sector to guarantee stable power supply, the situation had grown from bad to worse.

The Senators said consumers should give notice of where they purchase items to the DISCOs and the DISCOs should in turn be entitled to recover their expenses from subsequent consumption of electricity.








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