THE Senate today (Monday) commended the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for be- ing responsive to the yearnings and aspiration of the people.
Chairman, Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye, in a statement in Abuja stated that NERC’s intervention and directive to electricity distribution companies (Discos) to restruc- ture fixed charges, discontinue estimated billing and bulk metering of consumers shows that the commis- sionc ouldbereliedupontosaveelectricityconsumers from the excesses of the service providers.
While describing the steps taken so far by NERC in response to Senate’s resolution on the issue of fixed charges as a pro-people position, Melaye said the com- mission has shown that it is a responsible regulatory body.
It could be recalled that the Senate had before em- barking on its six weeks recess, called on NERC to immediately ensure that Discos discontinue the fixed monthly charges on electricity following a motion on the issue by Senators Sam Egwu (Ebonyi North) and David Umaru (Niger East) entitled: “Unfair trade prac- tices of Electricity Distribution Companies in Nigeria.”
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NERC, Sam Amadi had in response to the issue of fixed charges said thoughitislegal,theCommissionhadintervened to prevent its abuse and ensure that customers are not forced to pay for what they did not consume.
The Commission categorically said it “agrees with the Senate’s position on the need to eliminate the prac- tice of bulk billing of residential customers and replace the practice with individual metering and billing” while urging Nigerians to reject the practice forthwith.
Source : SunOnline