Lawan to DisCos: give Nigerians meters before tariff hike

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    SENATE President Ahmad Lawan has urged electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to install functional meters for their customers before planning any tariff increase.

    Lawan spoke on Tuesday after he and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila met with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on the proposed increase in electricity tariff.

    The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had announced that the new price regime for electricity consumers would start today.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Osinbajo heads the Power Sector Reform Coordination Working Group.

    In a statement on Monday, the National Assembly had said its leadership had agreed with the DisCos to suspend the planned increase.

    Lawan, who addressed State House correspondents after meeting, said the increase was untimely as necessary parameters should be on ground before such hike.

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