Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) President Ayuba Wabba yesterday warn the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) against raising tariff reports The Nation.
He said the elite are migrating from the supply of the electricity distribution companies and seeking alternative power source because the tariff is not affordable.
Wondering how low income earners would cope with an increased tariff, Wabba warned the commission not to push for laws that consumers would violate with impunity.
The NERC was meeting with the electricity Distribution Companies, NLC and power consumers to consider how to come up with the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulation in 2017 estimated billing cap for unmetered customers.
According to The Nation, while speaking at the public consultation on capping of estimated billing, Wabba said that anything that will add cost to the consumers at this time will be make it more difficult for them to pay due to the poverty level in the country.
Wabba urged the commission and stakeholders in the power sector to think of other options instead of profit that is not commensurate with power supply to the customer.
He also called for the review of the privatisation of the power sector, which he said was copied from India that is also lamenting over epileptic power supply.
Describing the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) as exploitative, he asked the NERC to exercise the full wrath of the law on the company that is making life hellish for Nigerians.
According to him, the NERC has been treating the DisCos with kid gloves while it has on the other hand, been hard on the customers.
The commissioner on Consumer Affairs, Dr. Moses Arigu had earlier said that even with the implementation of the MAP regulation, not all the consumers can be metered at the same time.
NERC has resolved to deliberate with consumers and other stakeholders what unmetered customers should pay in the meantime.
Arigu said: “The proposing order is expected to be a ‘catalyst’ for the DisCos to accelerate or fast-track deployment of meters to unmetered customers.”
The commission, he said, will closely monitor the accelerated deployment of meters through MAP initiative.