There was confusion on Saturday over the increase in electricity tariffs after documents allegedly released by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company claimed that the energy regulator approved the tariff increase.
Attempts to get the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to respond to the document were unsuccessful as agency spokesman Usman Arabi refused to pick calls.
He also did not respond to text messages sent to him by a correspondent on the matter.
Although Eko Disco later denied the document, it was reported that he had previously informed it’s customers that NERC had instructed the Disco to increase tariffs on September 1, 2021.
Document number 023/EKEDP/GMCLR/0025/2021 dated August 25, 2021 states that Disco has officially informed its customers about the decision to increase the rate which will take effect on September 1, 2021.
“The increase will be reflected on the energy bill for October 2021, which is the energy consumption for September 2021,” said Disco.
In a message to consumers with metered electricity, Disco stated: “For customers with meters with internal sales agreements, we encourage you to adjust tariffs according to the new rate increase published by NERC.”
EKEDC Executive Director Adeoye Fadeyibi denied the document in a public statement he signed privately on Saturday.
He said: “Our attention is drawn to the news circulating in the media from unsubstantiated sources about the proposed electricity tariff adjustment.
“Eko Electricity Distribution Plc urges the public not to consider reports that are not submitted by management or the website – www.ekedp.com.”