The House of Representatives have threatened to take legislative action against excessive billing of electricity consumers in Nigeria. The Chairman, House ad hoc Committee on Curbing Excessive Electricity Charges, Israel Ajibola, revealed this while speaking at an interactive session organised by Kano/Kaduna Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs). He noted the House had been inundated with allegations of excessive billing, and DISCO’s refusal to provide meter, in preference for estimated billing and other complaints such as non-compliance with the connection/ reconnection regulations and installation of manipulated pre-paid meters.
He further explained that the committee was constituted to do a fact-finding mission across the six geopolitical zones, to ascertain the authenticity of the allegations.
FG appoints transaction advisers for Afam Power, Yola Disco
The National Council on Privatisation has approved the appointment of transaction advisers for the privatization of Afam Power Plc and the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, investigation has shown. The two companies which was carved out of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, are part of the public enterprises scheduled for sale within the year. The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh, had recently stated that the government expected N400bn from the sale of public enterprises, which would be put into funding the 2018 budget.
Landlord Association and EEDC Agree on Acceptable Monthly Tarriff
The Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA) have come to an agreement with the Enugu Electricity Distribution company (EEDC) on an acceptable monthly tariff for electricity users in the commercial city. The meeting brokered by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) saw the two parties that had been on each others throat for sometime now over the high tariffs charged by EEDC in Aba, come to a peaceful agreement with the Aba consumers assured of complimentary supply of electricity and reasonable tariffs.
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Fashola Calls On DisCos to Work With NIMET During Rainy Season to Predict Service Disreuptions
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called on the distribution companies (DisCos) to pay attention to the challenge of power supply disruption during the rainy season which would affect service delivery. Thee Minister made the remarks while speaking at the 28th monthly meeting of operators in the electricity industry on Wednesday in Kaduna. Fashola called on all operators to be proactive in resolving issues which affect the quality of service during adverse weather conditions.
He said it is important that DisCos obtain weather information from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) often to predict service disruption and noted that such information once received should be frequently passed down to consumers on restoration plans and timelines.
Presidential Aspirant Claims to Provide Uninterrupted Power Supply within Six Months If Elected
A Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Alliance for a New Nigeria (ANN), Mr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese has said that he would provide Nigerians with Uninterrupted Power Supply within six months if elected. He noted that achieving such a task would require the Nigerian Government to decentralize power.
The aspirant took a swipe on past administrations for failing to provide Nigerians stable electricity despite huge funding in the sector while stressing further the importance of decentralizing power. He noted also that six months is even too long to achieve uninterrupted power supply in Nigeria if some processes are duly followed.