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April 17, 2024

Electricity tariff hike: 65% of businesses may shut down – OPS

Electricity tariff hike: 65% of businesses may shut down – OPS

Electricity

By Yinka Kolawole

The Organised Private Sector in Nigeria (OPSN) has said that the recent hike in electricity tariff may force over 65 percent of businesses in the country to shut down, and thus called on the federal government to reverse the increase.

This was revealed in a positional statement addressed to President Bola Tinubu yesterday, sighted by Vanguard, OPSN which comprises of  the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), National Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI) and National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), entitled, “Preliminary Position of OPSN on the over 200 Percent Masked Increase in Electricity Tariff”.

The statement said: “OPSN has received numerous complaints from its member-companies on the implications of the recent astronomical increase in electricity tariff by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for Band A customers without the required and proper consultations with the private sector.

“This sudden exponential increase in the face of inadequate electricity supply, is inimical to the competitiveness of Nigerian products and businesses and will definitely exacerbate the impact of high cost of production.

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“Meanwhile, the astronomical increase is against the MYTO Order referenced NERC/2023/05, which valued the cost-reflective tariff at N114.8/Kwh (determined using exchange rate of N919.39/$1). It also does not reflect the current exchange rate reality that has seen the Naira appreciated by 62.95 percent over the dollar in the last one month.”

The group further stated: “Clearly, with the new tariff of N225/kwh, Nigeria now ranks third after Germany and United Kingdom on the list of countries with high electricity cost. What is most worrisome with the Nigerian case is the fact that the electricity to be supplied is not adequate.

“Also, the increase is coming on the heels of macroeconomic instability, infrastructure deficits, as well as other supply side constraints limiting the performance of the productive sector.

“Truth be told, over 65 percent of private businesses, especially manufacturing concerns and SMIs, may be forced to close down due to the high electricity tariff.”