With effect from today, May 1st 2014, Nigerians who experienced power outage for 15 days in one month would no longer be required to pay the N750 monthly fixed charge to their respective distribution companies.
Speaking yesterday before the press in Abuja, Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi, explained that the Commission has looked into complaints from electricity consumers who were forced to pay the charge without enjoying proper power supply.
“On considerations of these complaints by the consumers, and considering the role of NERC in Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, the commission, as provided under Section 32d, and Section 32f of the EPSR Act 2005, hereby order that effective May 1, 2014, where any customer of a distribution licensee has not received electricity supply for a period of 15 days in a month, such a customer shall not be required to pay fixed charge,” the directive read.
Dr. Amadi, however, warned that the order stands provided the disruption is not due to nonpayment of electricity bill or other actions of the consumer such as tampering with electricity infrastructure, vandalism or unrelated to the fault of the distribution company.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has reassured electricity consumers of improved power supply, following ongoing rehabilitation work on Kainji and Jebba power plants.
Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, who gave the assurance in his presentation to the Energy Committee of the ongoing national conference, in Abuja, said more power will be made available to Nigerians from the two facilities before the end of the year. hydroelectric power plant of the Niger River in Nigeria hydroelectric power plant
Nebo said the two plants, which have not undergone maintenance for decades, are now being serviced for optimum performance.
He also appealed to delegates to make recommendations that will lead to legislation for sufficient and sustainable power supply.
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