Tuesday, 3 December 2013
The National Assembly has condemned calls for an upward review of electricity tariff by the new owners of generation and distribution companies describing the move as insensitive.
Chairman of Committee on Power in the Senate, Philip Aduda, who stated this in Abuja in an interview with newsmen noted that, “it would be unreasonable for anyone to think of increasing electricity tariff when the last increase was done just recently.”
Aduda, who was responding to questions from reporters at the commissioning of the 33/11KV NIPP injection substation projects at the 2x15MVA at Apo, Abuja, said Nigerians should not be subjected to another new tariff but urged the new investors to ensure steady and sufficient electricity to consumers before tariff issues could be considered.
“We are aware of the calls by the new owners of electricity companies that the tariff should be increased but we cannot allow that now. It is too early for another tariff increase. These companies are just coming on board and I think they have to convince Nigerians that they can do the business and give them electricity first. And I can assure you that we will look into the matter but it cannot happen at this time,” Aduda stated.
The power committee chairman also disclosed that the committee has planned to meet all the stakeholders in the power sector including the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the new owners of the generation and distribution companies to know what their challenges and achievements are and how they intend to ensure Nigerians have light.
He disclosed that the meeting would also afford the National Assembly an opportunity to know how well the TCN is investing the funds given to it.
Commissioning the project, Power Minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, charged the management of the Abuja DISCO to ensure electricity in Abuja under its purview is regular as an example to other companies.
“Abuja DISCO, we expect the best from you. We expect leadership from you. We expect power in Abuja on a constant basis and government will only expect compliance to this,” he stated.
In a remark, Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHCN), Mr. James Olotu, hinted that the company’s scope of projects included direct supply of 18 gas turbines for Calabar, Egbema, Ihovbor, Gbarian and Sapele with accessories.
According to him, the gas pipeline and metering stations projects are allocated in seven lots among the 11 DISCOs with 102 transmission lines and substation projects in 29 lots including projects for back feeding, evacuating specific power station and reinforcing the national grid network.
He said there are about 291distribution projects in 43 EPC and 15 OEM lots using low loss high voltage distribution system.