House of Representatives to Investigate Arbitrary Electricity Charges

Posted: March 24, 2018 at 5:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A seeming relief may be on the way for electricity customers  who seemed to be over-billed as the Federal House of Representatives has set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the sharp practices in the Power Sector and report back to the House.

The Ad-Hoc Committee which is to investigate and recommend ways and means to eliminate excessive electricity charges being levied on customers by distribution companies (Discos) would be meeting with Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the six geo-political zones in the course of its assignment.

Disclosing this at its inaugural meeting, chairman, Hon. Ajibola Famurewa, noted that majority of Nigerians are suffering under the arbitrary charges for electricity from the distribution companies.

Famurewa said that relevant organizations and agencies to be invited include Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Central Bank of Nigeria,CBN, the Consumer Protection Council, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET), Transmission Company of Nigeria.

Others include: Electricity Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DISCOs), Nigeria Labour Congress, Association of Nigerians Electricity Consumers amongst others. Famurewa said there would be zonal interactive sessions with electricity consumers in a bid to understand the scope of the problem adding that the committee will try to meet the six (6) weeks given as deadline by the House to allow it take a timely decision on the issue.

The mandates of the committee include: to determine the differences between the prepaid meters installed by PHCN and the MOJEC prepaid meters by DISCOs; determine the costing algorithm used by NERC in arriving at the consumers price; ascertain the average cost of electricity in West African sub region vis-a-vis Nigeria as well as find out why DISCOs have not complied with the deadline of phasing out estimated billing system.

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