FG extends suspension of new electricity tariff


The federal government has extended the suspension of the new electricity tariff by one week.

Chairman of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Jame Momoh disclosed this when the ad hoc Technical Committee on Electricity Tariff submitted its interim report at a reconvened meeting between the Federal Government and Organised Labour on Monday in Abuja.

Momoh said the one-week extension is to enable the committee to review and work out modalities for the implementation of the agreement reached on the electricity tariffs structure.

The new tariff was earlier suspended for two weeks and ended at midnight on October 11 after the organised labour suspended its planned strike over agitation on the hike in electricity tariff on September 28.

Earlier, the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo, who heads the technical committee gave an update on some of the new resolutions reached after both parties reconvened on Sunday .

In a series of tweets, the minister listed provision of six million free meters to Nigerians, salary protection for electricity workers, mandatory refund for any over-billing during system transition by the Discos, among others, as some of the resolutions.

According to Keyamo, the report will be submitted to the larger house and a communique will be issued in due course.

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