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Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has denied approving a 50 percent increase in electricity tariffs.

NERC made the denial in a statement on its Twitter handle – @NERC- on Tuesday, entitled ‘Public notice on purported 50% increase in electricity tariffs’.

“The attention of the commission has been drawn to publications in the print and electronic media misinforming electricity consumers that the commission has approved a 50 percent increase in electricity tariffs.”

Making clarification on the issue, NERC said that “no approval has been granted for a 50% tariff increase in the Tariff Order for electricity distribution companies which took effect on January 1, 2021.

“On the contrary, the tariff for customers on service bands D & E (customers being served less than an average of 12hrs of supply per day over a period of one month) remains frozen and subsidised in line with the policy direction of the FG.”

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The statement further read, “In compliance with the provisions of the EPSR Act and the nation’s tariff methodology for biannual minor review, the rates for service bands A, B, C, D and E have been adjusted by NGN2.00 to NGN4.00 per kWhr to reflect the partial impact of inflation & movement in forex.

“In the light of strong public interest on this matter, the media is hereby requested to retract their earlier publications misinforming electricity consumers nationwide about a purported 50% increase in electricity tariffs.

“The commission remains committed to protecting electricity consumers from failure to deliver on committed service levels under the service-based tariff regime.

“Any customer that has been impacted by any rate increases beyond the above provision of the tariff Order should report to the commission at customer.complaints@nerc.gov.ng.”

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