As the new electricity tariff takes effect from today, February 1, electricity distribution companies (DisCos) have pleaded with customers to pay their bills to sustain the power sector.
This new tariff is in line with the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO 2.1) as approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The new tariff also goes with the removal of fixed charge as mandated by the NERC
The DisCos, under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), said the cooperation of consumers was imperative to the success of the new tariff regime.
ANED’s Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Sunday Oduntan, said Nigerians only pay for 40 per cent of electricity and many don’t pay.
“There is a culture of non-payment, maybe as a result of attitude of past governments”.
Mr. Oduntan also accused Nigerians of unnecessary consumption of energy, which he said was injurious to the economy.
“Leaving our security lights on unnecessarily is injurious to the economy. We have less than a quarter of what the nation requires, so it is important customers pay. Chad has the highest tariff, while Zambia the lowest, and Nigeria the second lowest”, he said.