Electricity Tarrif: Falana slams Adelabu over poor power supply 

…Says Adelabu fails to address question of “tariffs hike”

Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has slammed the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, over failure to deliver constant supply of electricity despite increasing tariff for Nigerians using Band A.

Falana said the federal government and Adelabu could not defend the impunity that formed the hike, adding that they have failed Nigerians.

He said this while appearing as a guest on a Channels TV programme.

Recall that the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had increased the tariff paid by Band A customers from N68/KWh to N225/kWh.

NERC also said Band A customers are expected to receive between 20-24 hours of electricity supply daily while the subscribers under Band B enjoy 16 to 20 hours of power supply and those in Band C receive 12 to 16 hours daily.

Meanwhile, Nigerians have lamented that the electricity supply has not been steady despite the increased tariff as promised by Adelabu.

Reacting to the endemic national issue, Falana said the hike was imposed on the Nigerian government by the International Monetary Funds and the World Bank.

“The Minister of Power, Mr Adebayo Adelabu has failed to address the question of the illegality of the tariffs,” Falana said.

“Section 116 of the Electricity Act 2023 provides that before an increase can be approved and announced, there has to be a public hearing conducted based on the request of the Discos to have an increase in the electricity tariffs. That was not done.

“Secondly, neither the minister nor the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission has explained why the impunity that characterised the increase can be allowed.”

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria also expressed concern over what he described as impunity on the part of the FG and NERC, stressing their actions were not backed by laws.

He said “I have already given a notice to the commission because these guys are running Nigeria based on impunity and we can not continue like this. Whence a country claims to operate under the rule of law, all actions of the government, and all actions of individuals must comply with the provisions of relevant laws.

“Secondly, the increase was anchored on the directives of the commission that customers in Band A will have an uninterrupted electricity supply for at least 20 hours a day. That directive has been violated daily. So, on what basis can you justify the increase in the electricity tariffs?”

Falana alleged that the Nigerian government is following the instruction handed down by the Bretton Wood institutions.

“The Honourable Minister of Power is acting the script of the IMF and the World Bank.

“Those two agencies insisted and they continue to insist that the government of Nigeria must remove all subsidies. Fuel subsidy, electricity subsidy and what have you; all social services must be commercialised and priced beyond the reach of the majority of Nigerians.

“So, the government cannot afford to protect the interest of Nigerians where you are implementing the neoliberal policies of the Bretton Wood institutions,” he added.

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