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Nigerian Government Suspends Plan To Increase Electricity Tariff

Gbemileke Ajayi



The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has backed down on its earlier plan to raise electricity tariffs effective April 1 this year.

In a directive issued on Tuesday titled: “Order on the Transition to Cost Reflective Tariffs in NESI,” the commission announced its decision not to go ahead with the increase.

“There shall be no increase in tariff of end-use customers on April 1, 2020,” the commission announced on its official Twitter handle.

Order 198/2020 says, ‘There shall be no increase in tariff of end-use customers on April 1, 2020. Performance Improvement Plan will form the basis for future tariff review. For more on Order198/2020 @MobilePunch @vanguardngrnews @AIT_Online @channelstvbiz

— NERC Nigeria (@NERCNG) March 31, 2020

Order 198/2020 says there shall no increase in end-use electricity customers on April 1, 2020. For details on Order 198/2020 @PremiumTimesng @dailytrust @LeadershipNGA @businessdaynews @GuardianNigeria @business @BBCWorld @CNNAfrica @thecableng @TheSun

— NERC Nigeria (@NERCNG) March 31, 2020

1. @NERCNG issues Order no- 198/2020 entitled ‘Order on the Transition to Cost Reflective Tariffs in NESI.’ The Order directs operators to submit a performance improvement plan (PIP) committing them to a higher quality of service. It retains the existing tariff regime

— NERC Nigeria (@NERCNG) March 31, 2020

Instead, the commission asked operators in the power sector, including electricity generation and distribution companies, to submit a performance improvement plan (PIP) committing them to a higher quality of service.

The agency said the existing tariff regime would be retained, while the performance improvement plan would form the basis for future tariff review.

The commission did not say when the new electricity tariff would be executed.

On December 31, 2019, NERC had announced its plans to immediately review electricity tariffs in the country from January 1.

The order, titled “December 2019 MYTO Minor Review Order” for the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) was jointly signed by the Chairman of the Commission, Joseph Momoh, and the Commissioner for Legal, License & Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye.

However, the commission clarified later that the new tariff regime would not take effect until April 1, 2020, to allow it sufficient time to consult all the interest groups following misgivings by many Nigerians.

The federal government had also offered to continue to subsidize the gap in electricity cost to consumers pending the adjustment in tariffs.

The NERC order involved the review of the electricity tariffs chargeable by the 11 DISCos for all categories of consumers in the country, except the residential category (R1).

But a review of new tariffs by PREMIUM TIMES showed price increases would have ranged between 60 percent in places like Ikeja, to about 73 percent in Abuja, and about 78 percent in Enugu.

For instance, residential consumers, particularly those categorized as R2, in Ikeja, who have been paying about N13.34 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) under the 2015 MYTO would be paying about 59.7 percent increase.

Similarly, their counterparts in Enugu, who have been paying about N17.42 per kWh since 2015 will be paying about N30.93 kWh, about 77.6 percent hike under the new dispensation.

Consumers in Abuja and environs who have been paying N27.20 per kWh since 2015, will be paying N47.09 per kWh, over 73 percent increase.

Except for consumers in the Residential (R1) category, who will continue to pay N4 per kWh, all other categories of consumers, namely commercial, industrial and special, will pay higher tariffs, some as high as over 100 percent.

The R1 are those categorized as poor under the life-line group consuming about 50 kWh or less.

The R2 consumers are those residing in houses, flats, or multi-storeyed buildings and using single or three-phase meters. These consist of the bulk of the consumers spread across the country.

R3 consumers are those who reside in houses, flats or multi-storeyed buildings, but use low voltage maximum demand load, while their R4 counterparts use high voltage maximum demand load (11|33kV).

Tuesday’s directive, however, means there will be no increase in the tariffs for now.

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World-Famous Society Writer, Lanre Alfred Feeds Over 3000 Indigent Nigerians As He Adds A Year [PHOTOS]




He is loved by many and respected among his ilk like he is fondly called, ‘African Prince’ by his friends simply because he is truly a prince of royal parentage and halts a princely heart.

Lanre Alfred as a celebrity journalist, author and businessman and publisher of The Capital; an online publishing platform, is former society editor and columnist at This Day Newspaper, author of five books and owner of Old English provision store with branches in Lagos

Lanre, on his birthday, generously doled out many good things to indigents people and this, he has been known for in past years.

This ace journalist, as many know he for, doesn’t give a hoot about giving to the underprivileged and he is remaining in that realm of generosity, philanthropy, charity, and human nature. And this is why many love him for his good gestures and kindness at all times.

Meanwhile, if not for COVID-19 pandemic in town, those who know Lanre as a man about town would readily tell that the man that writes about the intimate affairs of the rich, high and mighty of the society, would have painted the town red for his birthday because he has that pedigree and he calls all the shots when it comes to good partying.

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Rape Epidemic: 12-Year-Old Girl Gang-Raped By Four Masked Men In Lagos




A 12-year-old girl, Blessing (not real name), is said to be experiencing trauma after she was allegedly gang-raped by four masked men at her residence in Abijo area of Ajah, Lagos State.

She was said to have been raped while playing alone in the compound around 2 pm on Thursday.

According to Saturday PUNCH, the victim, a secondary school pupil, was left bleeding from injuries she sustained in her private parts.

When our correspondent reached out to her mother on Friday morning, the victim was said to be asleep after receiving medical treatment.

The mother, identified simply as Anthonia, explained that she was not in the house when the perpetrators raped her daughter.

“I went to the office and was called (on the phone) and told that my daughter was raped in our house. I learnt she was having her online class when suddenly, there was a power outage. My husband rushed out to get fuel at a filling station so that she could participate in the class seamlessly,” the mother recalled amid futile attempts to control her emotions.

She stated, “Favour told us that while she was in the compound, four masked men jumped into the house through the fence. They took her inside and took turns to have sex with her, leaving her with multiple injuries.”

The distraught mother said incidentally in her office, she was listening to a radio programme about the recent wave of rape incidents in the country on the day her daughter was raped. Little did she know that her daughter would also become a victim.

“Immediately I received the call, I became so mad. I headed for the hospital where my daughter was rushed to. When I got there, I was told she suffered from ‘vaginal trauma’. The underneath of her clitoris was bruised and she had a deep tear that made her bleed severely,” Anthonia explained, painting a graphic picture of the cruel assault.

“She could have passed out if not that her dad got back home early. She lost a lot of blood. The bleeding stopped after the tear was stitched; although, she is still experiencing very severe pain,” the mother added.

Anthonia said the case had been reported at Ajiwe Police Station in Ajah.

She said, “I don’t think we are secure anymore because it seems like we are being monitored. They perpetuated their evil within the few minutes it took my husband to buy fuel.

“They could not enter through the gate because of ongoing construction at a building opposite ours. The site was crowded and that made them avoid entering through the front door. They scaled the fence. Some policemen followed us to the house and saw how the attackers scattered our things around.”

When our correspondent called Anthonia back on Friday evening, the victim was said to be suffering from trauma and could not speak on the incident.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Bala Elkana, said the command had been duly informed of the crime and investigations were ongoing.

He said, “The police have been duly informed of the atrocity and have commenced an investigation into the case. We are on the trail of the culprits. It’s a bit complicated because those guys wore face masks, which makes us suspect the culprits are people close to them. They probably covered their faces to conceal their identities.”

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#JusticeForUwa: Students Protest In Benin, Demand Death Sentence For Sex Offenders

Gbemileke Ajayi



Members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) on Thursday occupied major streets of Benin City, the Edo state capital in protest.

The students demanded justice for Uwaila Omozuwa, an undergraduate of the University of Benin who was recently raped and killed.

They also demanded that a death sentence be pronounced for sex offenders.

The President of the students’ union, Danielson Akpan, spoke with Channels Television during the protest demanding justice for their late colleague.

The lawmaker representing Ovia Federal Constituency, Dennis Idahosa, who also joined the students in the solidarity march vowed that he would move a motion to support capital punishment at the floor of the house.

Meanwhile, the new Commissioner of Police in Edo State, Johnson Kokumo had earlier on Wednesday promised that efforts would not be spared in ensuring that the culprits involved in the circumstances that led to Uwaila’s death are apprehended and made to face the law.

Kokumo made the promise when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

Uwa, a 22-year-old student of UNIBEN was reported to have been raped inside a church where she went to read at the Ikpoba Hill area of Benin City, Edo State Capital.

The hoodlums were reported to have struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher after raping her and left her for dead. She was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she later died.

The news of her death has continued to spark outrage with trends on social media demanding justice and an end to rape.

(Channels TV)

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