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FG orders NERC to suspend new electricity tariff

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The Federal Government has ordered the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the recently adjusted electricity tariff.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, in a statement on Thursday.

The minister said there was a committee working on the new electricity tariff regime and the committee should be allowed to complete its work before any advancement or modification.

Mamman ordered NERC to suspend the recent increment until the committee finished its work by end of January.

He said, “The public is aware that the Federal Government and the Labour Centers have been engaged in positive discussions about the electricity sector through a joint ad-hoc Committee led by the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity and Co-Chaired by the Minister of State for Power.

“Great progress has been made in these deliberations which are set to be concluded at the end of January, 2021.

“To promote a constructive conclusion of the dialogue with the Labour Centers (through the Joint Ad-Hoc Committee), I have directed NERC to forestall the implementation of the duly performed minor review (which adjusted tariffs between N2 per kWh and N4 per kWh) until the conclusion of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee’s work at the end of January 2021.

“This will allow for the outcome of all resolutions from the Committee to be implemented together.

“The Administration is committed to creating a sustainable, growing, and rules-based electricity market for the benefit of all Nigerians,” he added.

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