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NERC plans strange variations in power supply, tariff regime on new hike

If the revelations of the chairman of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof James Momoh on Monday, is anything to takeaway, it means that the Nigeria poor should get ready to receive and pay for poor quality of electricity which the rich continue to enjoy good quality on high cost.

Making his presentation to the Senate Committee on Power at the commission’s Head office in Abuja, the NERC Chairman informed the lawmakers who were in their oversight function that a mechanism had been put in place to absorb the masses of the adverse effects of the hike.

Prof Momoh claimed that “It is not going to affect the poor. We will make sure that the downtrodden and the people you feel for at the moment will not be affected by any increase we will be bringing forth.

“It will be based on the hours of service and the quality of power available there.  We don’t want the poor to subsidise the payment of the rich. In other words, we must make sure that the poor are not sacrificed in the process of tariff increase.” The Committee Chairman, Senator Gabriel Suswan, urged the commission to handle the tariff increase with caution because of the economic hardship it could inflict on the people and mainly SMEs.