A group in Nigeria, the All Electricity Consumers Protection Forum has urged Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in the country to implement capping of estimated bills alongside the upward review of tariffs.
The group made the call in a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Mr Gideon Balogun, in Lagos State.
Balogun noted that the most of the electricity companies were yet to comply with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) order on capping of estimated billing issued since February 20, 2020.
“Many of these DisCos are yet to implement the NERC order 197/2020 which indicates in Paragraph A that estimated billing has been repealed and replaced with capping order for Residential 2 and Commercial 1 customers without meters.
“We, therefore appeal that as they implement the increase in tariff on July 1, the capping methodology approved by same NERC who empowered the DisCos to implement tariff increment must be obeyed in full and spirit of that order on capping,” he stated.
According to him, the electricity consumer group still believes that any increment in tariff ought not to have taken place now as customers are facing trying times due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy.
Balogun said that the group was committed to protecting the rights of electricity consumers, saying that it was unfair for the DisCos to selectively obey NERC’s regulations and orders.
“Our resolve first and foremost is to engage the various DisCos and demand equitable approach.
“If our dialogue approach fails to yield the desired results, we will have no option than to approach the court of competent jurisdiction for appropriate actions against them on this matter,” he added.
Balogun also called on NERC to be proactive in ensuring that all stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry were treated fairly in line with the provision of Section 32 (2) of the Power Sector Reform Act, 2005.
It would be recalled that the DisCos announced plans to increase electricity tariffs for all categories of customers from July 1, 2020 following the approval by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).