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Labour, Civil Society, FG set for showdown Over New Electricity Tariff Hike

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Labour, Civil Society, FG set for showdown Over New Electricity Tariff Hike

Organised labour, industrialists and civil rights groups on Sunday condemned the hike in electricity tariffs by the Federal Government.

The Labour movement in a recent interview described the electricity tariff hike as a daylight robbery considering the epileptic power supply in the country.

The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on its part, berated the Federal Government for increasing the tariffs and doing nothing about estimated billing by distribution companies.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission had on Saturday directed the 11 electricity distribution companies in the country to increase their tariffs beginning from April.

An analysis of the latest NERC directive shows that the Federal Government’s agency has actually increased tariffs payable by all the major classes of power consumers.

One of our correspondents observed that tariffs for the three major categories of consumers in Ikeja, Ibadan, Kano and Port Harcourt distribution companies were jerked up.

Residential customers in the R3 category under Ikeja Disco, who currently pay N26.5/kWh, will start paying N36.49/kWh beginning from April, indicating an increase of N9.99.

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