International Civil rights group, ActionAid Country Director for Nigeria Ene Obi has trashed The planned increase in electricity tariff has not only ill timed but insensitive to the precarious plight of citizens whose lean disposable incomes are already decapitated.
ActionAid in unhappy about decision by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) directing the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to increase their tariffs from Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
ActionAid Laments that the increase in electricity tariff will erode the gains of the National Minimum Wage, thr purchasing power of workers in formal and informal sectors and will further impoverish more Nigerians.
“We hold the view that previous hikes in electricity tariffs had not translated into effective and regulatory strategies to manage the impact of such hikes on macro-economic indices affecting end-users that are currently economically crippled and trapped”.
ActionAid stressed that Instead of the tariff hike, NERC should compel all the actors in Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry to ensure increased efficiency in the power sector including managing energy loses to make erratic power supply a thing of the past as a way of boosting productivity and Nigeria’s GDP.
ActionAid Tells NERC to rescind its decision and ensure that the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry improves in performance before considering a tariff hike.