Fresh electricity tariffs: Showdown imminent as consumers, Labour threaten action against DisCos

Outrage and angry reactions have continued to trail the unexpected upward review of electricity tariffs by about 100 percent by the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies, (DisCos) operating in the country. Recall that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), had assuaged the fears of Nigerians after the outcry that trailed an increase in the tariffs in September 2020 and January this year, that the DisCos would not increase tariffs of customers enjoying less than 12 hours of power supply daily. Also, on April 25, the Federal Government apologised to Nigerians over…

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Electricity tariff set to rise again in July as NERC concludes review

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC) says it will introduce another tariff review for the 11 distribution companies (DisCos) in the country. The NERC, which is the regulator of the nation’s power sector, made this known yesterday, in a notice to the general public and industry stakeholders posted on its website. According to the Commission, it is concluding the ‘Extraordinary Tariff Review’ process for the 11 DisCos. The NERC said the review was according to the provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), adding that it would also…

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Electricity: Tension, confusion as DISCOs clandestinely increase  tariffs by 100 percent

Many Nigerian electricity consumers were yesterday thrown into confusion following the decision of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) operating in the country to clandestinely increase electricity tariffs by about 100 percent. It was reliably gathered that the increment was effected last week Tuesday; however, many Nigerians were not aware of it until yesterday morning when they visited the offices of their electricity providers to complain about their inability to load the token generated for energy purchased. According to a consumer who purchased energy units of N5,000 last Tuesday, he was unable…

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Minister clears air on 50% electricity tariff increase

The Federal Government has said there is still a subsidy of 55 per cent on the electricity consumed by customers in bands D and E (who are served less than an average of 12hrs of supply per day). This is contained in a statement issued by the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, in reaction to reports of a 50 per cent increase in electricity tariff in Nigeria. Describing the reports as inaccurate and false, Mamman lamented the confusion it has generated within the public. The Minister revealed that apart…

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Labour, Govt agree on three months electricity tariff subsidy for consumers

The federal government and labour unions have agreed to use proceeds from Value Added Tax (VAT) to temporarily subsidise electricity tariff for consumers for the next three months. The resolution was arrived at on Monday in Abuja at the end of a meeting of the ad-hoc technical committee on electricity tariff with the federal government and representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). The meeting, which began on Sunday, was presided by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo. Key resolutions…

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FG extends suspension of electricity tariffs by another one week

The Federal Government has extended suspension of electricity tariffs by another one week. The decision was taken on Sunday in Abuja at the resumed negotiation between the Federal Government and Labour. The negotiation committee is scheduled to meet over the next 60-90 days to resolve other outstanding issues. The revised Terms of Reference (ToR) for the second phase includes review inputs to the MYTO model and ensure the assumptions and factors for the model are correct and accurate. This will also include clarifications on the reasons for variance in electricity…

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NERC orders DisCos to suspend new electricity tariffs for two weeks

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has ordered distribution companies to suspend the implementation of the new tariffs which was introduced on the 1st of September. This means for the next two weeks, Nigerians will be paying the exact tariff they paid for electricity about four weeks ago. This is one of the agreements the federal government reached with organised labour on Monday to suspend the nationwide strike and protest planned by the unions. According to the tariff suspension order signed by the Chairman of the commission, James Momoh, and…

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Fuel, electricity tariff hike: Don’t join nationwide strike, FG warns civil servants

The Federal Government has warned civil servants on Grade Level 12 and above and those on essential services not to join the industrial action declared by labour unions in the country. The warning is coming on the heels of the deadlock in the meeting between the federal government and organised labour, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC), which was adjourned till Monday after both sides failed to agree on terms for the resolution of the dispute over the increase in petrol price and electricity tariffs in the…

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NLC, TUC adamant as FG obtains fresh order to stop planned strike over petrol, electricity price increase

Time for deregulation is now – FG insists NO WAY, Enough is enough! says NLC Aviation, Judiciary, NULGE set for shut down Monday As Civil Society groups vow to occupy Eagle Square October 1 Despite another fresh order by the National Industrial Court (NIC) on organised labour comprising the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) not to embark on its indefinite strike scheduled for Monday, September 28, both unions have enjoined all workers to embark on the indefinite strike pending when the Nigerian Government reverted to…

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FG, labour meet Thursday over electricity, fuel hike

The federal government says it will, on Thursday, meet the representatives of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliates with a view to discussing recent threat by the unions over increment on electricity tariff and price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS). The meeting, according to the Deputy Director, Press, and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, in a Whatsapp message sent to our correspondent, will be held at the Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja at 3pm. “The Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige,…

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