Panel to meet DisCos on electricity tariffs

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Talks between the Federal Government and Labour on tariffs increase resume next week, Minister State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said on .


The seven-man technical sub- set up to the increase in tariffs meet with power Distribution Companies (DisCos) and consumers across the six geo-political zones.

The look at the issue gas pricing, which is being sold to DISCOS in dollars.

The is also expected to look at the issue banding for electricity consumers in the phase of its assignment.

has months to submit its report.

Talks were temporarily suspended because of the #ENDSARS protests.

Keyamo told our reporter: “We should start by next week. The #EndSARS protests disturbed our last week.”

A highly-placed source close to the committee said the next phase will include meetings with DisCos, consumers and other stakeholders.

Before the #ENDSARS protests commenced on October 10, the sub-committee submitted its first report to the larger house comprising the government team and organised labour.

After consideration of the interim report, which was submitted to the larger house on October 11, the committee was given months to work around the issues surrounding the hike in .

The National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) will commence the distribution of free electricity meters to Nigerians in , Kaduna, Eko and Ikeja DISCO franchise areas today. The scheme will be simultaneously launched.

Presidency said the locations where meters will be received include Bawo Road and environs in metropolis (KEDCO), Road/Tudun Wada in Kaduna (Kaduna Electric), Oshodi Business Unit in Ikeja (Ikeja Electric), and Yaba and Surulere (Eko DISCO).

The Presidency source added that key stakeholders to monitor the launch of the distribution include Kaduna, and Lagos State government , the Senate Committee and House Chair on Power as well as of Organized Labour and Civil Society Organizations.

He said the NMMP is to roll out six meters for all connections points on grid without meters over the next 18 to 24 months, estimating to impact 30 consumers nationwide.

“Following Mr President’s directive on mass metering, the Central of , on October 18, approved guidelines for funding the mass metering programme, which entailed that all meters under the scheme would be locally sourced, creating thousands of manufacturing through lead manufacturers such as MOMAS, MOJEC and others”, the source said.

He added that the launch of the NMMP would be part of a continuous effort where all DisCos would go from location to location across the country with their respective Meter Asset Providers to install meters for all Nigerians.

Mr. Laolu Akande, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, confirmed the story, but added that more details would emerge as the distribution progresses across the country.

He added that current efforts by the federal government on improving power supply and mass metering was in line with some of the agreements recently reached between the Federal Government and Organised Labour.