Electricity consumers in Kaduna kick against proposed tariff hike

Some electricity consumers in Kaduna on Tuesday kicked against the proposed increase electricity tariff.

The consumers made their stand known during a public hearing on the application made the Kaduna Electric to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for electricity tariff review.

The public hearing had the theme: “Investment toward improvement power supply and quality service in the Nigerian Electricity supply industry’’.

Malam Buba Umar- Yazah Kwaru area Kaduna said was not in support of the proposed increase in electricity tariff due to lack of steady supply of power in his area.

complained of inadequate transformers and estimated bills, saying consumers were being made to pay for electricity they did not receive.

Another consumer, Mrs Maryam Madami stated that the issue of over-billing the electricity company must be addressed first before any move to review the tariff.

She noted that if people were paying for they consume and also getting adequate power supply, the increment wouldn’t be an issue.

Also, Mr Banjo Adewale, another consumer stated that the proposed percentage increase for electricity was considering the situation in the country.

urged the electricity company to propose a minimal increase that would be affordable the masses and provide more transformers for communities too much load.

Earlier, Mr Sanusi Garba, the Vice Chairman NERC, stated that the commission was in Kaduna to listen to both the electricity company and consumers on the proposed tariff review.

He noted that the commission was created to regulate electricity and protect consumers, adding that decision would be made in March on the comments made by consumers on Kaduna Electric’s application.

“We have put out an advertisement by inviting all consumers that have been compelled to buy transformers, cable poles to complain directly to the commission because that is not allowed.

“Distribution companies would be compelled to pay you energy, and that’s the regulation “, he said.

On his part, the Managing Director, Kaduna Electric, Mr  Garba Haruna, stated that their request for tariffs increase was due to rise in the cost of gas and hike in tariffs by generation and transmission companies.

He noted that the Kaduna franchise had requested for more power so as to increase the level of their services, adding that the company was ready their customers happy.

“We cover four states; Kaduna Zamfara,Sokoto and Kebbi states  covering 84 local governments a population size of 20 million”, he said.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the tariff review was based on classifications, with R2 single phase to rise N26.38 kwh to N38.67 kwh and R2 three phase  N28.05 kwh to N45.63 per kwh.

NAN also that NERC had on Feb. 20, ordered the capping of estimated billing by Discos which would reduce arbitrary billing.(NAN).