NLC slams NERC for conniving with AEDC to exploit customers

NERC orders DisCos to hike tariff from Jan 1

The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has come under severe attack by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)

The NERC has been flayed for conniving with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to exploit its customers through estimated billing.

The President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Ayuba Wabba, called on the NERC to direct Distribution Companies (DisCos) to stop estimated billing.

Wabba who spoke at the “Public Consultation on Capping of Estimated Billing, Distribution Franchising and Competitive Transition Charge’’ organised by NERC in Abuja on Monday said both the commission and AEDC were culprit in the estimated billing regime.

He said that estimated billing was exploitative and had continued unabated, adding that it could be addressed by providing meters to customers.

“Your organisation is essentially a regulatory outfit, recently I had to make a statement that it seems the agency is soft on the operators and hard on customers for obvious reasons.
“How can we make progress in such a situation, it shouldn’t be about profit, but it should be about service to Nigerians.

“Therefore, I want you this time around to make sure you bring the full wrath of the law to respond to those people that are actually making things difficult for Nigerians.’’

Wabba pointed out that power is central to development of the country and businesses, especially those in the manufacturing sector.

According to him, labour and capital work hand-in-hand, as such, “what affects capital, affects labour, so that is why the issue of electricity is dear to our heart.’’

The NLC president said that the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) had continued to decry the lack of stable power supply as their businesses were almost going under.

“Industries are closing down because they have to run on generators, power is not stable and it is too expensive.

“We cannot create jobs if we don’t have stable power supply, if we are going to the wrong direction, we should put a stop to this as it will not take us to the ultimate direction.

“This type of interaction is very important but you must also act on our complaints, we must be able to do what is right.’’

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