Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday, on the Presidential Villa, Abuja met with Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Speaker, Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the proposed enhance in electrical energy tariff.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that Osinbajo, heads the Energy Sector Reform Coordination Working Group.
The Nationwide Meeting had in an announcement on Monday, mentioned its management had agreed with the DisCos to droop the deliberate enhance.
Lawan, who spoke with State Home correspondents after the assembly, mentioned the rise was premature as obligatory parameters ought to be on floor earlier than such hike.
“The joint management of the Nationwide Meeting sat yesterday with the DISCOs and Nigeria Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) and we imagine that it’s not the correct time to extend the tariffs within the electrical energy at the moment.
“Nigerians have a variety of challenges to bear due to COVID 19 pandemic and the scenario requires that we should always do all the things doable to make life straightforward for our residents and naturally, authorities is doing rather a lot on this respect.
“We imagine that the DISCOs ought to proceed to have interaction with their customers; discover higher cost-reflective tariffs; however earlier than then, there should some steps to make sure that the customers are correctly metered.
“In any other case, you’re nonetheless guessing what customers are consuming; that’s to say, let the billing be very scientifically primarily based; it must be primarily based on what you truly eat.
“So, we had this dialogue with the vp and we’re certain that the announcement of a rise in electrical energy tariff in Nigeria is premature.
“We imagine that we have to do extra work to make sure that earlier than any enhance, there have to be some measures; some steps and a few line of actions that have to be exhausted together with the metering and this can be a welcome thought to the vp as properly.’’
He mentioned that to stablise energy provide, the Share Buy Settlement signed between the Federal Authorities of Nigeria and the DISCOs on the level of privatisation have to be adhered to.
In line with him, DISCOs are companies therefore they need to do all the things doable to supply providers.
“ Once they present providers, environment friendly and efficient providers to customers, then they will earn money; however within the course of as a authorities, we too should be sure that we discharge our obligations within the Shared Buy Agree signed.
“As soon as we’re capable of obtain that, we may have a greater scenario within the energy sector in Nigeria; it’s doable; it has occurred elsewhere.
“So, we can not proceed to offer DISCOs and GENCOs the sources that we are going to ordinarily deploy in constructing colleges and hospitals however no matter is important for us to do as a part of our settlement with them, we should do.’’