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Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Islie: 7:31am On Oct 08, 2020
• Panel members disagree on gas subsidy for GenCos

• Keyamo: we are making progress

Labour’s push for the reversal of hike in electricity tariffs may have hit the brickwall.

This is because of the high cost of gas – the critical component used by the Generating Companies (GenCos) to power their plants.

The GenCos sell power to the Distribution Companies (DisCos) which take it to the end-users.

Highly-placed sources close to the committee set up by the Federal Government to look into the pricing of electricity said there has been no agreement among committee members as to whether gas is subsidised or not.

Labour threatens to call workers out on strike to protest last month electricity tariffs.

The setting up of a seven-man committee to review the electricity tariffs is the product of negotiation to starve off the industrial action.

The government also compelled the DisCos to put on hold for two weeks, the new tariffs to enable the committee to meet and submit a report.

The deadline for the committee expires this weekend.

The Technical Committee is made up of Minister of State for Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, (Chairman); Minister of State Power, Godwin Jedy-Agba – member; Chairman, National Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof. James Momoh – member and the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Infrastructure, Ahmad Rufai Zakari as Secretary.

Others are: Dr. Onoho’Omhen Ebhohimhen – member (NLC); Deputy President of the NLC and Secretary-General, Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Comrade Joe Ajaero – member; Comrade Chris Okonkwo – member (TUC) and a representative of Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) – member.

It was gathered that one of the recommendations on the table is a further halt in the implementation of the new tariffs beyond the two weeks.

The source said: “We have not really concluded. We will conclude this week, but the conclusion of the work of the committee this weekend cannot give us what Nigerians are looking for. It is not a factor that you just wake up and say it is this amount and it is not this amount. There are some other determinants.

“Let me give you this without making reference to the work of the committee. The greater chunk of the money is spent on gas. Gas is their main source of generation. They had to now dollarise gas before they now price it at the GenCos.

“If GenCos now allegedly buy gas in dollar, then they now pass the dollar price to consumers.

“If we are able to address this matter by looking at policy directives especially on gas pricing, if we go through that process, then definitely we are going to puncture the issue of tariff no matter what they are going to pay.

But where we are having serious divergence is on the issue of whether actually there was subsidy. Some of us said there is no subsidy but the government is claiming there is subsidy.

“These are still not things you can do within two weeks. So, the work of the committee may take more time to look at it critically. We are trying to see if there is anything we can do in order to submit our report within two weeks deadline.

“But the job that will lead to a reversal is not a job of two weeks. Some of them require policy direction.

“We will revert to the house at the end of the two weeks to submit our report. If they succeed on sitting in this freeze (suspend the implementation of the tariff) until the final report is done, fine.

“If we are able to get this minor relief until the final report is done, fine. That is what we are working on for now. We are still working but we have not fully agreed on anything to push out to the people now.”

The source said the two weeks given to the committee to work on the issue was not enough.

“We are working tomorrow through the weekend. We have done a lot of reading and consultations with stakeholders. We need to tidy up our report and submit and take another directive.

“You can’t do within two weeks and say reverse. If you know how these people are buying gas, the question will be — should they buy it at this rate? We will find out. We also need to look at the policy in the oil and gas sector in terms of dollarising gas before.

On the need to further suspend the implementation of the new tariff, another source said: “Those are things we have not agreed upon. These things are on the table, options are on the table. Before the weekend we will concretise those options.

“Even those things you are saying now we have not agreed on them until they are ratified by our bosses. But options are on the table.”

Keyamo declined to comment on the work of the committee when contacted last night.

He said: “We are making progress. When the larger house meets, most likely this weekend, the details of the communique may be made known but like I said we are making progress, the details I cannot reveal now but we are making progress.”

The Seven-man Technical Sub-committee to review the increase in electricity tariff by the Federal Government was inaugurated on September 28.

The committee had its first sitting at the minister’s conference room last month.

The committee was set up at the end of a marathon meeting between the Federal Government and organised labour to avert last month’s planned strike.

The committee is expected to examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the field which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC and metering deployment challenges.

The other mandates of the committee are as follows:

° To look at the different Electricity Distribution Company (DISCOs) and their different electricity tariff vis-à-vis NERC order and mandate.

° Examine and advise government on the issues that have hindered the deployment of the six million meters.

° To look into the NERC Act under review with a view to expanding its representation to include organised labour.

THE NATION

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Deathisfree: 7:50am On Oct 08, 2020
Story story

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by vicdom(m): 7:50am On Oct 08, 2020
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I knew from the outset that the supposed agreement the idiotic and toothless labour unionists went in with the rudderless and visionless government was a mask of charade and theatrics as schemes, ploys and clandestine plot to hoodwink and cajole the foolish zombies grin cheesy

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Jenull320: 7:50am On Oct 08, 2020
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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Dubembiafra: 7:50am On Oct 08, 2020
It's a lie

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by DenreleDave(m): 7:51am On Oct 08, 2020
I'm sorry guys.. I only rushed to book space..


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I will appreciate.. Just summarize it... Thank u

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Slawormir: 7:51am On Oct 08, 2020
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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Knox123(m): 7:51am On Oct 08, 2020
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What do u expect? When they have collected brown envelope.

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Bossontop(m): 7:51am On Oct 08, 2020
undecided

This generation NLC na jus scam.......d most useless union in naija ryt now..

Mtcheeww

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by donestk(m): 7:52am On Oct 08, 2020
Lets just face the harsh new reality

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Logon59: 7:54am On Oct 08, 2020
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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by omowolewa: 7:54am On Oct 08, 2020
Power tarrif agreement is just to give a reason for halting the strike, it's not meant to change anything even the price of power.

How will the ever articulate NLC move out of a meeting without any action taken other than the "off_the_mic"

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by onomeabuja: 7:55am On Oct 08, 2020
Mumu thread embarassed
Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by infohenry(m): 7:55am On Oct 08, 2020
Thed did not suspend anything, they are still using the new price template. I bought power yesterday at 54 per unit. NERC and labour should go sit down.

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by pashiano: 7:56am On Oct 08, 2020
even as the new tariff is suspended in the news, the disco's are still operating with the new tariff

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by oriewanbe: 7:58am On Oct 08, 2020
Too much greed in this our Nation.
Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by okooloyun1(m): 7:59am On Oct 08, 2020
I want to recharge my prepaid meter today grin grin has IBEDC reversed to old tariff?
Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by MyDesignHub: 8:02am On Oct 08, 2020
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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Perfecttouchade: 8:02am On Oct 08, 2020
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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Judolisco(m): 8:04am On Oct 08, 2020
Leave story... Even d average Nigerian knws that since almost all power stations have been privatized it will take another drill for federal government to change the price of electricity tariffs.... Jst tell us NLC leaders went to collect their own share of d Ghana must go lipsrsealed lipsrsealed sorry national cake

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Ausval: 8:04am On Oct 08, 2020
If nigerians think there will be any price reduction after the stimulated 2weeks meeting ,then we are all very gullible ....the labor union has been totally compromised .a labor executive who still works as a junior staff and earns around 150k monthly ,owns a 4star hotel and multiple filling stations and you think that money is coming from the heavens??....open your eyes Nigerians!!!!!!

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by Dominiqueismad: 8:05am On Oct 08, 2020
Useless gang

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by osamz007: 8:05am On Oct 08, 2020
COWARDS IN FORM OF LABOUR UNION

VERY STUPID PPL

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by rezy15(m): 8:07am On Oct 08, 2020
infohenry:
Thed did not suspend anything, they are still using the new price template. I bought power yesterday at 54 per unit. NERC and labour should go sit down.
Bro they scam you. Its been reversed. Bought last week. Use the app

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by peter6441(m): 8:07am On Oct 08, 2020
ASUU strike sure pass Labour sef

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Re: Power Tariffs Reversal Push By Labour Hits Brickwall by infohenry(m): 8:12am On Oct 08, 2020
rezy15:

Bro they scam you. Its been reversed. Bought last week. Use the app
Bought it on phed website.

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