The News Of Hike In Electricity Tariff Came To Me As A Shock – Ndume

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Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Ali Ndume, has said he received the news on the new electricity tariff in shock.

He urged the Federal Government to reconsider its position on the hike in electricity tariff, saying Nigerians are yet to recover from the removal of fuel subsidy.

Ndume, who advised in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, described the timing of the electricity increase as unfavourable.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) recently approved a tariff increment for Band A consumers, allowing electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos)to raise electricity prices from N68 to N225 per kilowatt-hour with effect from April 1, 2024.

The lawmaker said Nigerians were facing many challenges, including unprecedented inflation, poor purchasing power, insecurity, and other hardships

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Ndume urged the Federal Government to focus on providing stable electricity, inflation reduction, stabilising the naira, reduction in food prices, and provision of other basic amenities to Nigerians before the increase in tariff.

He expressed concern that the decision to increase the electricity tariff was taken without due consultation with the National Assembly, the representatives of the people.

Ndume said constituents of lawmakers were also reaching out to them to intervene and reverse the astronomical increase.

Ndume said: “The news of the increment came to me and many of my colleagues as a shock.

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