The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Tuesday night directed the 11 electricity distribution companies to suspend the September 1, 2020 hike in electricity tariffs for 14 days.
It stated that all tariffs for end-use customers and market obligations of the DisCos during the 14-day suspension shall be computed on the basis of rates applicable as at 31 August 2020.
The regulator in an issued Order No. NERC/209/2020 titled, “NERC Order on suspension of the Multi Year Tariff Order 2020 for the electricity distribution licensees, signed by its Chairman, James Momoh, and the Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye said: “This order shall take effect from 28th September 2020 and shall cease to have effect on the 11th October2020.”
Labour unions and the Federal Government had reached a truce on Sunday nightto suspend the hike in electricity tariffs for 14 days, a development that prompted the halt of a nationwide strike by labour.
The commission had approved a new tariff for power distributors that took effect from September 1, 2020, but this was resisted by labour unions and many power users.
However, in its latest order, the NERC said the September 1, 2020 increase in tariff had to be suspended for 14 days based on the agreement between Federal Government and labour unions.
“Following a joint communique issued by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the labour unions, the FGN agreed that the recent review in electricity tariffs would be suspended by the Commission for a period of 14 days to further consultations and finalisation of negotiations between the parties”.