FG kicks against fixed electricity charges

The federal government has said the monthly fixed charges component of the electricity tariff collected from Nigerian consumers is not “a very good thing.”
The permanent secretary of the ministry of power Godknows Igali stated this yesterday while addressing State House journalists after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the ministry.
Igali also stated that the ministry was currently “tracking” power distribution companies to make them improve their networks as well as provide transformers and meters “because Nigerians are tired of estimated billing.”
Igali was reacting to the Tuesday’s resolution by the senate urging the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to put an end to the practice of the electricity fixed charges.
Igali said NERC chairman Sam Amadi had met earlier yesterday to ask about measures that could be taken to address “genuine” concerns being raised by Nigerians on the issue.
He said his ministry was tracking the power distribution companies (DISCOs) to ensure that “what is needed at the distribution level is done.” Igali, however, said that his ministry would meet and discuss with the senate to enlighten senators “a little bit more” on the process of the value chain of power supply.
“Electricity supply is now in the hands of mostly private sector. If it’s in the hands of the private sector, then, it means that the private sector people must bring copious investments into the sector. And if they must bring in investments, then it means that they must earn revenue to be able to bring in investment,” he said.
In his remarks, Buhari disclosed that his government had already identified the critical problems in the nation’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.
According to the president, the problems with the nation’s power sector are more with transmission than generation.
The president specifically stressed the need to secure power infrastructure across the country.

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