Speaker house of reps says Frequent electricity tariff hike despite N123bn bailout is injustice.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said on Monday that the frequent hike in electricity tariff was injustice to Nigerians, who had become accustomed to living without regular power supply.

He observed that the tariff hike was in spite of the N123bn bailout the Federal Government gave the power sector.

Dogara spoke in Abuja at a public hearing on the need to interface with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and other stakeholders to critically examine and re-assess all inputs and assumptions in the Multi-Year Tariff-Order.

He noted that paying higher tariff for power that was not supplied had become a huge burden on consumers and must be addressed by stakeholders, particularly the regulator, NERC.

Dogara told the session that the most important resolution Nigerians expected from the stakeholders was to come up with a realistic tariff regime.

Last month, the House began taking steps to contain alleged excesses of distribution companies in a bid to get a fair deal for power consumers. One of such measures was the introduction of a bill to criminalise estimated billing by the Discos.

The bill, which seeks to amend the Electricity Power Sector Reforms Act, has successfully passed second reading and public hearing stages.

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