All you need to know about new electricity tariff hike in Nigeria

News24 Nigeria has explained what Nigerians should know about the 250 percent electricity pricing hike approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission on Wednesday.

Recall that NERC approved N225 per kilowatt for ‘Band A’ power customers in Nigeria.

The development reflects a substantial departure from electricity subsidies in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, amid ongoing epileptic power supply nationwide.

Customers Affected by Hike

NERC said that only Band A customers received at least 20 hours of power supplies from the eleven electricity distribution companies.

According to the Vice Chairman of NERC, Musiliu Oseni, only 15 per of the 12.12 million electricity customers in Nigeria are affected.

He explained that the tariff hike would not affect customers on B, C, D, and E, having less than 20 hours of power supply.

Implication of New Electricity Tariff

The hike implies that electricity consumers under Band A will pay 250 per cent more to get a power supply.

This means a complete electricity subsidy removal for customers under Band A.

Band A customers fall within 15 per cent of households in Urban areas in Nigeria.

According to NERC, Band A customers consume 40 per cent of electricity in the country.

However, the hike will not lead to an improvement in the electricity supply to the affected customers.

Date of hike commencement

According to the new tariff order, Discos commenced the implementation of the new electricity tariff on Wednesday, 3rd April 2024.

This means customers under Band A have begun paying 300 per cent more for electricity.

Meanwhile, since January 2024, customers across all bands have suffered epileptic power supply in Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, blamed gas constraints for the erratic power supply in Nigeria.


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