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Your decision to increase cost of meters anti-people – Group knocks FG, NERC



A bunch, Coalition for Reasonably priced and Common Electrical energy (CARE), has condemned the Federal Authorities and the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) over a deliberate resolution to extend the costs of meters.

DAILY POST gathered that NERC has authorized the increment of the unit worth of the meters from N44,896.17 to N58,661.69 for single-phase meter and N82,855.19 to N109,684.36 for three-phase meter.

CARE in its response mentioned that it was fallacious to announce such a choice when Nigerians had been nonetheless experiencing an erratic provide of electrical energy.

The group, in a press release made obtainable to DAILY POST by means of its spokesman in Oyo State, Comrade Sunday Onakoya, described the choice as doubtful.

Onakoya within the assertion issued on Thursday defined that such a choice is a conspiracy between the NERC and distribution corporations.

He maintained that the choice is aimed to fulfill revenue curiosity on the expense of the poor, who’re within the majority.

He additional famous that such a choice will enhance the financial hardship, which the vast majority of Nigerians are going by means of at this current time.


Onakoya mentioned, “This resolution is a doubtful conspiracy between the NERC and DISCOs to fulfill revenue curiosity on the expense of the Nigerian working individuals and the poor, and it’ll positively enhance the financial hardship which mass majority of Nigerians are going by means of at this current time.

“Given the determined quest for revenue which is the only pushed motive behind the existence of DISCOs and their actions, this new increment within the worth of the meter underneath NMMR as an example will imply that the extra value incurred by the DISCOs on each meter procured underneath this association might be transferred to the shoppers.

“The scenario will certainly be the identical if not worse underneath MAP the place the electrical energy shoppers will certainly lay our a fortune to have the ability to procure meter on the newly elevated worth.

“It’s within the gentle of this the CARE Oyo State rejects the NERC/FG resolution to hike the worth of meter with a conclusion that it’s an anti-people and unacceptable and subsequently calls for an instantaneous reversal. The argument in search of to liken meter to cellphone is fraudulent and unfounded. CARE rejects this in addition to the associated argument canvassing that the sale of meters needs to be liberalized.

“We reiterate our insistence that meter is the property of DISCOs and its free provision for satisfactory measurement of the correct quantity of power consumed is the accountability of DISCOs. Curiously, this obligation of DISCO was acknowledged within the settlement it signed previous to its acquisition of PHCN in 2013.

“In keeping with this settlement, all Nigerian Electrical energy shoppers had been promised to be freely metered by DISCOs inside 18moths of the acquisition”.

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