Friday, May 29, 2015

Court bars NERC from increasing electricity tariffs

A Federal High Court in Lagos has barred the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission from giving effect to its proposed increment in electricity tariff.
Justice Mohammed Idris made the order on Thursday after a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Toluwani Adebiyi, had moved an ex parte application to that effect.      
The Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, had at a recent press conference in Abuja, disclosed the plan by the commission to implement an upward review of electricity tariff payable by Nigerians.
The proposed increment, Amadi said was billed to commence from June 1, 2015.
But Adebiyi, who claimed that the proposed increment would “foist further hardship on Nigerians,” had appeared in court on Thursday with a motion ex parte praying the court to stop it.
Amadi, while canvassing argument before the court, contended that any increment in tariff was unjustifiable in the face of poor or erratic supply of electricity by the distributing companies.
According to the lawyer, if the proposed increment was allowed, most electricity companies would retain the N750 fixed charge.
Justice Idris, after hearing the application, ordered that the status quo be maintained pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The judge ordered the plaintiff to serve the motion on notice and other processes in the suit on the NERC.
Justice Idris also granted leave to the applicant to serve the originating summons, the affidavit in support, list of exhibits and the written address on the defendant in Abuja.
The judge adjourned further hearing till June 11, 2015.

1 comment :

  1. Very good. The tariff is just too exorbitant