The federal government of Nigeria has finally started its position on the alleged intention of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to increase electricity charges.
Making President Muhammadu Buhari’s intention known to the general public, Mr. Femi Adesina, while speaking on Channels TV Politics Today programme said the decision to increase electricity tariff is within the purview of the Ministry of Power and NERC.
Naija News recalls that the NERC approved an increase in electricity tariff by the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in the country. The increment has, however, caused a furore among Nigerians who expressed their displeasure over the development.
But Mr Adesina, while responding to a question on the matter on Monday, said such a decision is not within the purview of his boss.
“The matter is strictly not within the purview of the President but the ministry of power and National Electricity Regulatory Commission,” Mr. Adesina said. “Besides, the ministry had already explained that any adjustments to the tariff will only take effect from April. So, let’s leave it at that for now.”
He also said it is rather too early to ask the president to wade in at this time. He should only be consulted as a final resort.