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Why NERC increased electricity tariff  – Official

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Why NERC increased electricity tariff  – Official

The Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Musiliu Oseni, said the commission had to increase the tariff of electricity because generation companies could not pay for gas and maintain their machines.

Oseni stated this during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Wednesday.

Neptune Prime reports that the commission recently approved the increase of electricity tariff for customers under the Band A classification.

With the development, customers would pay N225 kilowatt per hour from the current N66.

READ ALSO: FG approves electricity tariff increase for Band A customers

Speaking on the increase, Oseni said that if nothing is done to ensure tariffs are reviewed, the market can be relatively liquid.

He said, “If you look at section 116 sub section 2A of the electricity act, it mandates the commission to ensure that the licenses operating efficiency are allowed to recover sufficient revenue for the capital invested and for the operational cost as well as having a return on the investments they have made.

“In that case, it means that the onus is on the commission to ensure that operators actually earn sufficient revenue that will generate further investments in order to ensure improvement in service delivery.

“What informed the decision apart from the provision of the act, in December 2023, there was an improvement in the quality of service down to January. From then on there was dearth in electricity availability. Lack of review of tariffs caused that.

“The Discos could not be mandated to forward what they had not been allowed to charge. For that the payment to the generation companies has significantly dipped which affected their ability to maintain their machines and to pay for gas. And gas is one of the two significant raw materials for electricity generation in Nigeria.

“At a point it is clear that if nothing is done to ensure tariff is reviewed the market can be relatively liquid,” Oseni said.

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