Electricity Consumers In Katsina Rejects Proposed Tariff Hike
Electricity consumers in Katsina State have rejected the proposed increment in electricity tariff by the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), citing lack of stable electricity supply as reason, ThisDay reports.
The consumers made their position known on Thursday in Katsina during a Public Consultation on the Extra Ordinary Tariff Review of the Multi year Tariff Order, organised by the company for stakeholders.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had directed the 11 electricity distribution companies in the country to increase their tariffs beginning from April this year.
The consumers described the proposed electricity tariff hike as daylight robbery considering what they termed the epileptic power supply in the state, particularly in rural communities.
One of the consumers, Ibrahim Dansuki, said the electricity distribution company was collecting money for the services they were not providing despite over billing of consumers.
He said: “I totally reject the increment in electricity tariff because it will do more harm than good. How can you increase electricity tariff when we hardly see light in our offices and houses?”
He urged the company to look inward and device means of addressing their challenges, rather than settling for tariff increment.
Another customer, Sanusi Imam of Dandagoro village, said the proposed increment would create more hardships for the poor and the lower class of the society.
According to him, “Increasing the electricity tariff at this material time will only add salt to an existing injury. So, KEDCO should look at other means of addressing their problems instead of increment.”