Electricity consumers bemoan new tariff

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LAGOS – Some artisans Lagos on Thursday condemned the increase electricity tariff, saying that it negated the Federal Government’s on inclusive growth and self-employment. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) separate interviews that the new electricity tariff was a setback to small scale entrepreneurship and individual wealth creation. Alhaja Afusat Popoola, the market leader of Ajeromi Frozen Food Market Association Ijora, a suburb of Lagos, said the increment was suicidal judging the poor electricity supply nationwide. According to Popoola, there is no justification for the increment the face of dwindling sales and erratic power supply.

“We cannot afford to pay this new tariff because we do have power supply here the market. “Most of the time we are losing a lot of rotten foods due to erratic power supply,” Popoola said. She said it was illogical for the federal government to allow the new investors focus on returns on investment without offering a moratorium for electricity supply to stabilise before talking about new tariff. Mr Wasiu Osho, a welder, at Ijeshatedo Surulere described the new electricity tariff as outrageous considering that he paid N10, 000 monthly to sustain his business. “Does this new tariff mean I pay N50, 000 monthly now, where I the ? “In fact they should come and remove their wire pole. We are enjoying electricity yet they want us to pay , never,” he said. Mr Thomas Chukwu, a Cyber Café operator at Jakande Estate, Isolo, urged the government to resolve all the challenges facing the sector before increasing the tariff. “There are lots of challenges facing the sector ranging lack of supply to dilapidation. “Most of the transformers are faulty in our Estate and needed to be upgraded. “When they have done all these, then we know that we have to accept the hike in tariff,” he said. Alhaja Kafayat Raji, a food seller in Ojuelegba, said that she spent N60,000 monthly on petrol and N7,500 on public electricity supply monthly. Raji said that under the new tariff, she would be compelled to pay about N37, 500 monthly for inept and irregular electricity supply. “If electricity supply is regular, I be spending hard earned on petrol. “If they improve on power supply, I do mind to spend the N60, 000 on electricity ,” she said. Also speaking, Mr Dada, a barbing saloon operator at Ilasamaja, urged government to be entrepreneurship and business-friendly by reversing the increment in national electricity tariff. Dada said the raise in tariff would have been better if the challenges militating against regular electricity supply were eliminated. The Electricity Regulatory Commission () had on May 26, announced an increase of between N1 and N5 in the electricity tariff. The new tariff announced by the Chairman, Dr Sam Amadi, took effect from June 1.

According to Amadi, the new tariff is in line as provided for in the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO).