In response to media reports that there is an increase in tariffs for Nigerians, NERC has disclosed that the tariff reviews going forward would only follow service-based principles.
According to NERC under these service-based principles DISCOs would only be able to review tariff rates for customers when theyhave consulted with customers, commit to increasing the number of hours of supply per day and quality of service.
It noted further that in all those cases the poor and vulnerable Nigerians would not experience any increase. In line with these expectations, DISCOs , it said are directed to engage with their customers on a Service Based Tariff structure. However, under the Service Based Tariff Structure, DISCOs could only review tariffs for customers under the conditions which include
customers are consulted and communicated a guaranteed level of electricity service by the DISCOs based on hours of supply
customers are metered
and no estimated billing through the strict enforcement of the capping regulation. According to the regulatory agency this boiled down to the fact that unmetered customers would not experience any cost increase beyond what is chargeable to metered customers in the same area.
Even under the above conditions, NERC noted that there touldbe no change in tariff for the most vulnerable as tariffs for those consuming 50KW or less remain frozen while customers receiving less than 12 hours of supply would also not experience any change in tariffs.
In addition, it revealed that the President had directed that there should be a nationwide mass-metering program in an effort by the Federal Government to put a stop to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity. He has also approved a waiver of the import levy on meters, so that those that do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at reasonable costs.
According to the agency general public and all stakeholders in the power sector “are by this statement urged to disregard any reports of an arbitrary tariff increase affecting Nigerians.”