By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”The Federal Government has been warned against its plan to increase electricity tariff in the country, more so as Nigerians hardly enjoy steady power supply.
Initiative for Better Power Supply, IBPS, which handed down the warning in Delta State, noted that it would occasion more hardship for Nigerians.
Warning the National Electric Regulatory Commission against the move, the group said, â€œsuch increment in the tariff would be welcomed if Nigerians were getting constant supply of electricity in the country.â€
ItÂ frowned at the decision by the commission to increase the electricity tariff, arguing that the increase will not bring investment to the sector.
National Co-ordinator of the group, Mr. Don Emma Onose, argued that in the communication sector, customers pay for recharge cards because services provided are relatively adequately, adding â€œNigerians are ready to pay for increase in tariff if there is stable power supply. For now, we are against increase in tariff.”
Why increase electricity tariff in a sector where there has not been an expression of interest?â€
Describing the electricity sector as moribund, the group enjoined the commission to wait till there was a significant improvement in power supply before embarking on the tariff increment, as doing so now, would worsen the hardship faced by Nigerians, to pay more for a service they hardly enjoy
â€œInvestors will come and invest in the power sector if the rigid structure that is centralized on administration and corruption is reviewed,â€ adding that there was the need forÂ government to stop the importation of generating sets so as not to frustrate the progressive reform going on in the power sector.