The Minister of Power,
has stated that Nigerians are expected to pay higher electricity tariff from July 2020,
Mamman disclosed this in his presentation at an investigative public hearing on: “Power Sector Recovery Plan and the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic”
organized by the Senate Committee on Power, in Abuja.
The Minister noted that the controversial increase would have taken effect in April 2020 but was postponed till July 2020 due to the present
COVID-19 pandemic and widespread “apathy” towards the increase by Nigerians.
“The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has also affected our laid out plan for the repositioning of the electricity market towards financial
sustainability under the Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP).
“Initially, the regulator,
following the completion of public consultation on tariff review,
planned on conducting a tariff review in April 2020.
due to COVID-19 and customer apathy, the proposed tariff review was delayed by 3 months.
“The impact of this means the subsidy being incurred in maintaining
the current tariff level had to be maintained till July 2020 when the proposed tariff review will be implemented.”