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Atiku Abubakar rejects increased electricity tariffs, says its ill-advised

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Ex-Vice President and Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar has rejected the newly increased electricity tariffs.

According to him the move is an ill-advised one by the government.

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission had on 1st September approved an increase in electricity tariff.

NERC states that areas like the Ikeja Electric, a residential customer on single phase receiving a minimum of 12 hours of supply will now pay N42.73 per KWh, up from N21.30 per kWh.

For Eko Electricity Distribution Company, a residential customer on single phase receiving a minimum of 12 hours of supply will now pay N43.01 per kWh, up from N24 per kWh.

Taking to his official Twitter account earlier today, Atiku Abubakar, stated that the increase in electricity tariff is “ill-timed” and disregard for the challenges faced by Nigerians. However, he suggested that Nigerians need a stimulus after coming out of a pandemic.

He wrote;

I reject the increased electricity tariffs. Coming out of the lockdown, Nigerians need a stimulus, not an impetuous disregard for the challenges they face.

“Many Nigerians have not earned an income for months, due to no fault of theirs. This increase is ill-timed and ill-advised.”

A previous attempt to adjust the tariff earlier this year was met a resistance that resulted into postponing it until now.