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Lagos Ajah feeder cuts electricity as EKEDC increases tariff after NERC order




Some Lagos households alongside the Lekki-Ajah hall are complaining concerning the decreased provide of electrical energy by the Eko Electrical energy Distribution Firm (EKEDC).

The scenario has been linked to the recurring journey of the 33kv Ajah feeder serving areas between the second toll gate and Ajah.

Affected locations embrace Victoria Backyard Metropolis (VGC), Manor Gardens, Napier Gardens, Eleganza, Orchid street, amongst others.

Final month alone, the EKEDC blamed the feeder for energy outages recorded not less than eight instances – August fifth, ninth, twelfth, thirteenth, nineteenth, twenty first, twenty second and twenty fourth.

On September 2, the EKEDC once more knowledgeable clients that the downtime they have been experiencing “is because of fault detected on the 33kv feeder”.

Residents surprise why the corporate is but to exchange or repair the transmission gear after repeated interruptions in current months.

A spokesperson, Tiwalade Hastruup advised DAILY POST that steps to resolve the issue are being taken with the current approval by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria (CBN).

“We simply received approval for community enchancment and infrastructure tasks. The CBN authorised it (funds) not too long ago.

“We’ll rehabilitate the feeders giving us points and likewise assemble different feeders in order that our clients will now not expertise a scarcity of energy provide”, Hastruup assured.

It’s unclear if the funds are prepared for disbursement however Hastruup confirmed that the bidding course of to pick contractors for the work is in progress.

Electrical energy tariff in Nigeria might rise as NERC concludes extraordinary evaluate

In September 2020, EKEDC and different Distribution Corporations (DisCos) applied the Service Reflective Tariff Plan after the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) authorised the Multi-Yr Tariff Order (MYTO) 2020.

In the meantime, the EKEDC has elevated tariffs once more. The efficient date was September 1, 2021, in response to the Common Supervisor, Loss Discount, Olumide Anthony-Jerome.

The official’s memo addressed to clients, with ref: 023/EKEDP/GMCLR/025/2021, was seen by DAILY POST.

It defined that the increment was a results of the nationwide mandate to implement the Serviced Based mostly Tariff authorised by NERC.

“Kindly be aware that the rise shall be mirrored on the vitality invoice for October 2021 which is able to signify vitality consumption for September 2021.

“For our metered clients with inner merchandising preparations, we urge you to regulate the charges accordingly to mirror the brand new tariff enhance as launched by NERC”, Anthony-Jerome wrote.

However it seems that the EKEDC is oblivious of its directive. As of September 3, a discover on their web site appears to disclaim the graduation of a brand new regime.

The assertion signed by EKEDP Managing Director, Adeoye Fadeyibi cited “information making the rounds within the media from unsubstantiated sources of a deliberate adjustment in electrical energy tariffs” and suggested residents to “disregard all such stories”.

Curiously, the correspondence by GM Anthony-Jerome was dated August 25, whereas the MD’s rebuttal was issued on August 28.

Nigerians and organizations oppose the NERC order on the heightened cost. In its response, ActionAid burdened the necessity for session with the lots and safety of customers’ rights.

The group denounced the directive to all 11 DisCos, the second in a single yr, including that the event would additional erode the buying energy of employees in formal and casual sectors.

Ene Obi, the Nation Director referred to as the motion ill-timed and insensitive to the plight of Nigerians whose lean disposable incomes are already decapitated.

ActionAid hinged its place on the premise that earlier hikes didn’t translate to efficient methods to handle the influence on macro-economic indices affecting economically crippled end-users.

Obi warned the Federal Authorities to cease draining peculiar folks and challenged the NERC to compel all actors within the energy provide trade to make sure effectivity within the energy sector.

ActionAid stated if the tariff increment was not reconsidered, the manufacturing value of things will enhance and may trigger job losses in a rustic with a excessive degree of unemployment.

The physique working in opposition to poverty and injustice worldwide expressed worry that buyers who depend on electrical energy will discover it arduous to interrupt even.

“They should shift the burden of the elevated value of manufacturing to the ultimate customers of their services and products in an financial system already choked by inflation”, Obi contended.

Reps ask NERC to droop deliberate electrical energy tariff hike

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