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NERC explains MYTO …tells industry operators to tackle metering

17.04.14 - 20

Chairman and Chief Executive of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Dr Sam Amadi,  has explained the misconception with regard to the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) stating that it is a five years tariff arrangement, which means that the amount has been benchmarked.

He gave the clarification in a press briefing shortly after the monthly meeting of the Commission and operators in the power industry on Wednesday, 16th of April, 2014, at the Commission’s headquarters.  Amadi spoke on the backdrop of the public outcry on the fixed charges on electricity bills which has prompted protest from some quarters in the light of low electricity supply.


Amadi said, ‘’ When we say that we have not increased tariff, we do not mean that the tariff you paid in 2011 is what you are paying now, rather we mean that the order of the tariff published has not been changed. That is why it is called Multi-Year Tariff Order, it simply means that we have benchmarked the cost’’.

He further explained that by June first of every year, the tariff changes such that there is a tariff for the next five years. He therefore called for customers understanding; that distribution companies should not be accused of increasing tariff arbitrarily with regard to the fixed charges since it has been factored into the MYTO tariff plan.

NERC’s helmsman also said that the Commission expects a robust metering of customers by the Discos, warning that reckless estimated billing must stop.

He said that ‘’someone does not have a meter does not mean that he must be over-estimated. Meters must be read and customers charged accordingly ‘’ Amadi warned. This was even as he urged distribution companies to fast-track metering of customers. According to him, the Commission wants to see real action.

Amadi used the occasion to appeal to electricity customers to pay their bills and called on those who indulge in electricity theft to desist, warning that Discos Commission’s authority to punish anyone caught bye-passing meter. He said anyone caught will be made to pay fifty times what was stolen.

The meeting of Chief Executives with the Commission holds every second Wednesday of the month.

Dr. Usman Abba Arabi - Head, Public Affairs Department