Senate urges FG to subsidise electricity for Nigerians

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Senate President Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan PHOTO: Twitter

The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to subsidise electricity for Nigerians in a bid to alleviate the proposed hike in electricity tariff which had been deferred to next year.

Chairman Senate Committee on Power, Sen. Gabriel Suswam made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja.

NAN reports that the leadership of the National Assembly on Monday waded into the controversy on the planned hike in electricity tariff from July 1.

The representatives of the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) had maintained the same ground that they would support the suspension of the planned hike only if the government would bear the differences in the present tariff and what was considered as the appropriate tariff.

Addressing newsmen, Suswam said “Nowhere in the world that power is not subsidised especially in developing economies because there are genuine people, who, because of their income, are unable to pay what is called a cost-reflective tariff.

“Nigerians are heavily burdened because of COVID-19. The economy has contracted by 3.2 per cent; that’s a lot.

“So it makes it difficult for you and me to attend to some of our social problems, would the government prefer to add burden or lessen it?

“The President has been doing well; he has spent so much money, and what we expect is that the spending will gradually reduce or diminish as the power sector becomes more efficient,” he said.

On the way forward, the chairman said that it was to make the power sector more efficient and for government to back out just like they had done in the oil sector where subsidy had been completely removed.

“Even at that, the government is reducing the pump price. So, should they, in the same vein, increase tariff? It doesn’t make sense,” Suswam said.

He expressed the hope that the executive would agree to subsidise electricity even though it was going to come at a cost.



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  • ATEJIOYE BABATUNDE DAVID June 30, 2020 11:59:06 PM
    Passionate plan as Strict compliance with government regulations is still part of showing love to our neijghbours.
  • Moses Emmanuel June 30, 2020 11:58:01 PM
    Yes light supposed to be among the cheapest aminities of man. But in Nigeria it is totally different
  • Ogba Ebenezer June 30, 2020 11:57:47 PM
    Please instead of subsidizing electricity in Nigeria, it should be left the way it is, that was how they subsidized fuel and somebody wanted to die in 2011
  • GRACE EKPO June 30, 2020 11:57:22 PM
    it makes it difficult for you and me to attend to some of our social problems, would the government
  • Sunday Gabriel June 30, 2020 11:55:09 PM
    This is really serious,if privatization doesn't work , then , let them go for other
  • Ajibade Afolabi June 30, 2020 11:46:54 PM
    This is really serious,if privatization doesn't work , then , let them go for other
  • Elizabeth Ferdinand June 30, 2020 11:45:31 PM
    He expressed the hope that the executive would agree to subsidise electricity even though it was going to come at a cost.
  • Ibrahim Ayo June 30, 2020 11:41:42 PM
    I think privatization of Nigeria electricity has not help, it's better if Government can take full control of it.
  • Afolashade Akinhanmi June 30, 2020 11:39:52 PM
    The cost of utility bill is really expensive and needs to be subsidize
  • Abel Edet June 30, 2020 11:39:08 PM
    If they like, let them hear. If they don't like it is their own
  • Kyrian Mbey June 30, 2020 11:37:28 PM
    The call by the Senate to the president to subsidize electricity for the Nigerian populace is a timely one.
  • Johnson Hope June 30, 2020 11:37:06 PM
    After subsidising we still need steady power supply
  • Effiom Okon June 30, 2020 11:33:49 PM
    Thanks for sharing the details,it will be a good idea
  • Joseph Edet June 30, 2020 11:33:38 PM
    Yes light supposed to be among the cheapest aminities of man. Biu in Nigeria it is totally different
  • Eligbue Alphonsus June 30, 2020 11:24:56 PM
    Thanks for sharing this with me and Friends
  • Odika Amarachi June 30, 2020 11:19:37 PM
    senate made a right decision, Thanks to candy new for keep us updated
  • Daniel Israel June 30, 2020 11:17:48 PM
    Yes light supposed to be among the cheapest aminities of man. Biu in Nigeria it is totally different
  • Clement Chimela June 30, 2020 11:17:02 PM
    The Senate on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to subsidise electricity for Nigerians in a bid to alleviate the proposed hike in electricity tariff which had been deferred to next year.
  • Victor Sunday June 30, 2020 11:16:27 PM
    Very good information keep it up
  • Kenechukwu Amanze June 30, 2020 11:14:13 PM
    On a normal, they supposed to be free access to light
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