Regardless of N123 billion ($349 million) provided by the Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilization Fund (NEMSF) to industry operators, electricity tariffs paid by households have escalated to 145% in ten years.
This is according to the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who made the notion during an investigative hearing by the House Ad-hoc committee set up to interface with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO).
Dogara said the investigative hearing became necessary with the view to critically examine and re-assess all inputs and assumptions in the MYTO system in the Nigerian electricity industry, reports Vanguard.
He said: “There has been a prolonged public outcry over the continuous increase in the unit price of electricity, which many believe is not in tandem with the current realities in electricity supply. The tariff has continued to increase from an average of N10 per kw/h in 2007 to an average of N24.20 kw/h in 2017 without substantial improvement in power supply.”
He further specified that the motion is in response to public outcry against the current tariff system. Read more: Nigerian energy regulator urged to reinstate IBEDC board
“I wish to note that the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) methodology was designed to provide correct pricing of electricity, taking into consideration the key principles of cost reflectivity, affordability, incentives for efficient operations and other assumptions such as price escalators, model building blocks/parameters, etc.
“Despite, the N123 billion Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilization Fund (NEMSF) provided by the Federal Government as subsidy to the sector operators, the situation still remains unpleasant,” he noted.
Adequate electricity supply
Dogara continued: “The House is concerned about the seeming injustice to the Nigerian public and wishes to examine the possibility of redressing the trend.
“It is needless to say that adequate electricity supply in our country will stimulate economic activities and reduce unemployment, which will invariably ameliorate youth restiveness and the high crime rate.”
He urged stakeholders to join hands to find a lasting solution to the challenge of unstable electricity supply in the country, and in particular, the issue of excessive electricity tariff that seems to be “incongruous with the quality and quantity of electricity supplied.
He further called on all stakeholders and participants to be open-minded, honest and constructive in their contributions.
“The House expects also that the Ad-hoc Committee will take into consideration all submissions presented here today in making its recommendations to the House so that we can proffer a lasting solution to the contentious issues surrounding electricity tariff,” Dogara concluded.