Discos Association Attributes Suspension Of Electricity Tariff To Concerns By Nass On Timing

Abuja-------- The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, said  Tuesday that the suspension of proposed service reflective tariff was initiated by the National Assembly, NASS, due to their concerns on its timing.

ANED'sExecutive Director, Research and Advocacy, Sunday Oduntan spoke  in a statement in Abuja.

Oduntan said that NASS"s  concern was also based on what they saw as lapses in the internal workability of the plan within the sector.

According to him, DisCos did not lobby for the postponement. DisCos had planned to effect a new electricity tariff structure from July 1, 2020. “Members of the NASS are representatives of the people. 

“Based on the feedback they had been getting from their constituents mainly around the difficult financial realities, they called for a meeting which we attended, and during the meeting, they laid out their concerns,.

“DisCos have spent the last couple of weeks carrying out massive sensitisations across different platforms preparing their customers for the new service reflective tariff as instructed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

“DisCos have also been at the forefront of the calls for a reviewed tariff for years,” ” Oduntan added.

He also said that over the weekend, ANED publicly voiced out its concerns about an instruction from NERC its regulator, which it felt would make their task of winning public confidence more difficult.

Oduntan said the DisCos had committed themselves to removing obstacles that would stand against the success of the take-off date, pointing out that it was, “extremely disingenuous for it to be suggested that on the eve of it to come to fruition, we will now be the ones to initiate its postponement.

“July 1, 2020 had been pegged as the commencement date for a new service delivery based tariff regime.

“Based on the recommendation of the NASS leadership, the new regime should now take effect from the first quarter of 2021,” he added.