Chris Oji Enugu
The Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) has confirmed reversal to the old electricity tariff following an Order by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) suspending the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2020 for a period of 14 days with effect from September 28, 2020, to October 11, 2020.
The Order, which was signed by NERC Chairman, James Momoh and Commissioner, Legal, Licensing & Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, is in compliance with a joint communique by the Federal Government and the Labour Unions where it was agreed the recently reviewed tariff be suspended by the Commission for 14 days to further consult and finalise negotiations between the parties.
Head of Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, said in a statement that EEDC has already complied with the directive.
With the development, prepaid customers of EEDC, who experienced the immediate impact of the reviewed tariff during their recharge between 28th to 30th September 2020, the difference between the reviewed tariff and old tariff for the 3 days will be credited to the customer’s wallets, which they can use to recharge their meters in future while for the remaining 11 days (1st to 11th October 2020), all vending activities will be at the old tariff.
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In the same vein, for postpaid customers, the difference between the reviewed tariff and the old tariff for the 14 days period will be computed and credit adjustment effected for the affected customers that is crediting their respective accounts with the difference.
According to Ezeh, some categories of customers were, however, not affected by the reviewed tariff, as their tariff was frozen and they were still paying their bills using the old tariff. “These are customers that fall under Bands D and E. They will continue paying/vending with the old rate”.
The Order issued by NERC further directed “all tariffs for end-use customers and market obligations of the distribution companies during the 14-day suspension shall be computed on the basis of rates applicable as of August 31, 2020.”
EEDC further assured its esteemed customers of its unrelenting commitment towards consistently improving its infrastructure to deliver efficient, reliable, and quality services.