Tariff Hike: NSE seeks stiff sanctions for defaulting DISCOs

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The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has urged for strict penalties on electricity distribution companies (DisCos) that fail to provide a minimum of 20 hours of power supply to customers following the recent increase in electricity tariffs for Band A customers.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) raised tariffs for Band A customers from N68/kWh to N225/kWh, prompting backlash from affected customers. However, the government defended the decision, stating it would enhance power supply by attracting investments to the sector.

In response to the tariff hike, NERC imposed an N200 million fine on the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for raising tariffs for customers in other bands not affected by the hike. NSE President, Engr. Margaret Oguntala emphasized the importance of protecting customers by ensuring meters are provided, particularly for those in the affected category. She stressed the need for transparent and accountable implementation of the policy to prevent customers from being disadvantaged.

Source: Vanguard

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