Group Decries New Electricity Tariff

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, (SERAP) has described the new electricity tariff as anti-people.
It therefore urged President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently instruct the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to reverse the new electricity tariff.
In the letter dated August 2, 2013 and signed by SERAP’s Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, the organization said it is seriously concerned about the increased electricity tariff by the Federal Government under the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO), and considers the increase as anti-people and a flagrant violation of the human rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized sector of the population.
“ The Request is entirely consistent with the country’s international human rights obligations and commitments,”, as it threatened “international and national legal actions if the government fails and or neglects to reverse the increase within seven days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter”, the group warned.
The organization also stated that it would “work with civil society, social movements and community organizations and the citizens to challenge this manifestly unlawful action by the government.” “Increasing electricity tariff by over 100% at a time power supply has not improved and indeed remains irregular and despite this government’s often-expressed commitment to improve electricity supply, is anti-people. The much promised transformation of the power sector by the government has remained unfulfilled while the majority of the citizens continue to face extreme poverty”.
It added, “Rather than arbitrarily increasing electricity tariffs, the government should investigate the spending of about $3.5 billion annually on power in the last 10 years, and bring to justice anyone suspected to be responsible for the stealing or mismanagement of public funds,” the organization stated.
The organization also said that, “Despite this huge spending, existing electricity infrastructure is epileptic, and lack of maintenance culture precipitated by greed and official corruption at the highest level of government have contributed to the poor electricity services in the country. The failure of the government to effectively tackle corruption in the power sector is further illustrated by the lack of political will to prosecute those responsible for the theft of $16 billion meant for the power projects, as revealed by the report by the National Assembly.”

Source: Weekly Trust

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One Comment

  1. omon says:

    Good move i prays it work .my grievance to this increase in tariff is whether you exhaust the units you have or not you will still be charged #700 x the number of months you did not recharge even though there was no electricity supply to exhaust the one you already pay.May God help us.

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