Reactions have continued to trail the announcement of an increase in electricity tariff, which is expected to kick-off by 1st, September 2021.
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company, (Eko DisCos had in an initial notice, dated 25th, August, 2021 and signed by its General Manager GM Loss Reduction, Olumide Anthony-Jerome said the increase was as a result of the nationwide mandate to implement the Service Based Tariff approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
It said the new tariff would be reflected on the energy bill for October 2021.
“This is to officially notify you that there will be an increase in electricity tariff with effect from 1s! September 2021. This increase is as a result of the nationwide mandate to implement the Service Based Tariff approved by our regulators (NERC).
“Kindly note that the increase will be reflected on the energy bill for October 2021 which will represent energy consumption for September 2021.
“In addition, for our metered customers with internal vending arrangements, we urge you to adjust the rates accordingly to reflect the new tariff increase as released by NERC,” thenotice read.
However, the DisCo, hours after it issued the increment notice, issued a retraction , denying any planned adjustment in tariff.
The retraction signed by its Managing Director (MD), Engr. Adeoye Fadeyibi said such notice did not emanate from the Company.
“Our attention has been drawn to news making the rounds in the media from unsubstantiated sources of a planned adjustment in electricity tariffs. Eko Electricity Distribution Plc would like to inform the general public to disregard all such reports not emanating from the management or the company’s website — www.ekedp.com.
“While we continue to review effective and regulatory strategies to manage the impact of changes to macro economic indices affecting end user tariffs, the general public will be duly informed, in the event of any changes to the end user tariff.
“We advise all customers to disregard all communications that have not been issued by management or published on the company’s website www.ekedp.com,” it read.
Consistent effort to get industry regulator (NERC) to react to the development proved abortive.