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(BREAKING) Electricity Tariff Hike Stopped


By Francis IWUCHUKWU

IKOYI, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - Justice Muslim Sule Hassan of a Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria, has stopped the proposed over 40 per cent increase in electricity tariff.

It would be recalled that the Incorporated Trustees of Human Rights
Foundation had requested Justice Muslim Sule Hassan to stop the proposed over 40 per cent increase in the electricity tariff.

According to the action initiated before the court, the group stated that: “The implementation of the purported minor review of the Multi-Year Tariff Order will create unquantifiable hardship and damages on the Nigerian electricity consumers.

“Consumers will be made to pay very high tariff, which has been increased by over 40 per cent across the board of which is currently being billed.”

The human rights group in an affidavit deposed to by Theodora Ubabunike, insisted that: “It will amount to a great injustice to impose arbitrary electricity tariff on Nigerian electricity consumers.

“Nigerians will suffer monumental loss as many people will not be able to access power or access same at very high tariff. 

"I know that Nigerians are entitled to access public amenities like electrical power.”

The suit has as respondents, the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission; the Bureau of Public Enterprises; the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company Plc; and the Minister of Power.

Equally joined as respondents are Abuja, Benin, Enugu, Ikeja, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, Yola, Eko, Ibadan and Jos electricity distribution companies.

The human rights group in an ex parte application before Justice Muslim Sule Hassan on Monday (yesterday) by Anaje Chinedu, asked for “an order of interim injunction restraining NERC from taking any step towards the implementation of the purported Minor Review of the Multi-Year Tariff Order 2015 and the Remittance Order 2019,” pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by the group.

But Justice Muslim Sule Hassan rather, declined granting the ex part application but instead ordered the parties to maintain the status quo.

According to Justice Muslim Sule Hassan: “It is hereby ordered that the status quo ante bellum shall be maintained by the parties in this suit pending the determination of the motion on notice.”

The matter has been adjourned until January 20, 2020 for hearing of the motion on notice.

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