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340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by BleedingPen: 3:03pm On May 25
The University of Benin (UNIBEN) is facing a looming power crisis as the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) threatens to disconnect the university’s power supply over a disputed electricity bill. The university is contesting the bill, which skyrocketed to N280 million for the month of April 2024, compared to N80 million in March 2024.

According to a statement issued over the weekend signed by the university management, and made available to CAMPUS GIST in Benin City, BEDC’s “sudden and exorbitant” increase in the electricity bill is “unsustainable and unacceptable.”

The statement noted that management of the university has written to BEDC to protest the development and has also sought the intervention of the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to resolve the matter.


“To register her objection to the outrageous bill submitted by BEDC in April, the University has officially written and held meetings with BEDC to protest the development”, the statement sighted by CAMPUS GIST reads in part.

“To further resolve the matter, the University has taken steps to request for intervention of the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission regarding the April 2024 bill and other matters sustainable supply of electricity to the University of Benin community.”

The university management emphasized that paying even a fraction of the disputed bill would imply acceptance of the contested amount, which would not be in the university’s interest. Therefore, they are seeking understanding and cooperation from staff and students as they work towards a sustainable solution to the crisis.

“Besides the fact that the University does not have the means to pay the exorbitant bill presented by BEDC in April, payments of any fraction of the disputed April bill may suggest that the University has accepted to pay the contested bill. This will not be in the interest of the University,” the statement noted.

“In the circumstances, it is believed to be more reasonable to allow the issue raised by the University to be resolved before any payment relating to the disputed bill is made. Management, therefore, solicits the understanding and cooperation of staff and students as efforts are being made to ensure that a sustainable solution is achieved for the University as soon as possible.”

As the threat of disconnection looms, the university community is bracing itself for possible darkness and disruption of activities. Students and staff are worried about the impact on their studies and work, and are calling on BEDC and the relevant authorities to resolve the issue urgently.

Though the university management has assured that efforts are being made to ensure a sustainable solution is achieved as soon as possible, but for now, the uncertainty and tension remain.

Back Story

About two months ago, the federal government, through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), approved a hike in the electricity rates for consumers categorized under Band A, where most federal institutions fall under, including the University of Benin.

This was contained in a press statement made available to CAMPUS GIST by the Vice-Chairman of NERC, Musliu Oseni, who stated that the tariff hike would result in customers paying N225 per kilowatt hour, up from the existing N66.

However, NERC reduced the exchange rate for calculating the current electricity tariff for Band A customers by 16.03%, from N1,463.3/$ to N1,277.8 from May to December 2024.

https://metrowatchxtra.com/2024/05/25/new-tariff-uniben-cries-out-we-cant-afford-n280m-monthly-bill-as-darkness-looms/

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by BleedingPen: 3:03pm On May 25
Tinubunomics

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by mightyhazel: 3:04pm On May 25
Where are their professors in Engineering? Can't they generate some form of electricity? Solar?

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by turmacs(f): 3:04pm On May 25
You can't afford 280m naira bill but you know how to use 280 million naira light.

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by immortalcrown(m): 3:06pm On May 25
If the managements of establishments like UNIBEN are not corrupt and have not been using electricity bill payment as a channel to steal money, why hasn't UNIBEN been using prepaid meters?

Can't prepaid meters serve such an environment?

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by 96ACE: 6:09am On May 26
What a shame! A school like Uniben should be capable of generating their own electricity like the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University. Maybe their VC should visit ABU for training.

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Yankee101: 6:09am On May 26
If Buhari was a curse, Tinubu is a double curse

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by malali: 6:09am On May 26
President Tinubu,

It is time your government comes clean with Nigerians about the privatization of virtually everything in the country. Instead of transparently selling these assets to private individuals through an open and fair process, it appears they have been handed over to oligarchs and monopolists behind closed doors. This has led to an untenable situation where the common people are bearing the brunt of these decisions.


For instance, if the University of Benin requires 280 million Naira for electricity, this cost will inevitably be transferred to the students. Similarly, with petrol prices soaring to 700 Naira, the ripple effects on food transportation, education, and other essentials are being felt by citizens across the board, without any form of relief. This direct transfer of financial burden is exacerbating the already harsh living conditions for many Nigerians.

Some institutions and sectors should be shielded from such drastic escalations. Yet, your government has taken measures like increasing interest rates to 27%—one of the highest rates globally—without any corresponding alleviation measures. This move is not only inhumane but also displays a lack of strategic foresight. Countries that have implemented similar policies typically ensure that employment opportunities are available and that social welfare programs support the poor and elderly.

The removal of the fuel subsidy appears to be merely a transfer of wealth to those selling petrol. Similarly, the removal of the forex subsidy eliminates a critical buffer for businesses that rely on foreign goods. What exactly does your administration have planned for the average Nigerian? We are not asking for palliatives or student loans that only add to their burden. With students facing electricity bills of 28 million Naira, these so-called solutions are laughable at best.


The minimum wage has remained an afterthought even as the hardship faced by Nigerians intensifies daily. As you mark your first year in office, when will the "talakawas," "àwọn aláìní," and "ndị ogbenye" see any tangible benefits from your administration? It's time for your government to prioritize the well-being of the masses, fulfill your promises, and implement real strategies that provide relief and support to the Nigerian people.

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by omoredia: 6:10am On May 26
Everybody In Nigeria is an illeterate - Odumeje
Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by christejames(m): 6:11am On May 26
Tinubulation is just breaking down every facet of development shocked

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Goodlyhrt(m): 6:12am On May 26
turmacs:
You can't afford 280m naira bill but you know how to use 280 million naira light.
grin grin grin
Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by fullclub: 6:12am On May 26
University still depending on epileptic power and wasting 280m every month.
Here in UK my university has gone green... They use solar and other renewable energy sources to get clean energy.

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by pauljumbo(m): 6:18am On May 26
A federal university that offer courses on engineering can not generate its own electlricity.

Thats a glorified secondary school

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Jestin: 6:18am On May 26
Anytime Tinubu is high on drugs overdose, the next thing is to look for something to increase

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by motionarena: 6:24am On May 26
mightyhazel:
Where are their professors in Engineering? Can't they generate some form of electricity? Solar?

Provide funds na

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by freshboi88: 6:24am On May 26
A school with electrical engineering professors hmmm

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Flame333: 6:27am On May 26
turmacs:
You can't afford 280m naira bill but you know how to use 280 million naira light.


Trash comment

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Lordbinsmar: 6:28am On May 26
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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Flame333: 6:28am On May 26
pauljumbo:
A federal university that offer courses on engineering can not generate its own electlricity.

Thats a glorified secondary school


How many university is providing their own light now

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Lordbinsmar: 6:29am On May 26
freshboi88:
A school with electrical engineering professors hmmm

Naso you mumu reach, its the duty of Electrical Engineering to carryout government obligations

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Lordbinsmar: 6:30am On May 26
fullclub:
University still depending on epileptic power and wasting 280m every month.
Here in UK my university has gone green... They use solar and other renewable energy sources to get clean energy.


How much do you pay in your yoouksy university sad

Mumu man

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Lordbinsmar: 6:31am On May 26
mightyhazel:
Where are their professors in Engineering? Can't they generate some form of electricity? Solar?

So naa Professors go use their salary to provide government infrastructure

People mumu for this forum ooo

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Lordbinsmar: 6:32am On May 26
Tinubilation is synonymous to tribulations.

This guy is hell bent on destroying anything left in the country angry
Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Houseontherock1: 6:33am On May 26
280M in one month is outrageous. Most of these government schools don't have access to their IGR; they depend on government subvention and they are already underfunded by government and overburdened with staff salaries and maintainance... While we understand that power is "privatized", increasing electricity tariff of an underfunded, overburdened institution is not reasonable undecided

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by vonnelixir: 6:35am On May 26
This is the dose of Tinubu regime😂

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by Inosky: 6:41am On May 26
Increase in school fees is imminent. My university has increased school fees from 129k to 250k, federal university for that matter. No one is taking about that

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by boolee(m): 6:42am On May 26
Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by ivandragon: 7:03am On May 26
And some clowns say the increase in electricity tariff would lead to a reduction in cost of production.

How some people throw away logic and common sense just to be identified as supporting apc is beyond rationalisation.

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by fineboynl(m): 7:10am On May 26
...this electricity increase is not a well thought decision. It will cause inflation greater than fuel subsidy. Tinubu will burial Nigeria. The increase is just too much and unsubstaniable.

It's the government that devalued the naira as against the dollar. Making gas and fuel even more expensive after subsidy removal.

Increasing tarrif because of dollar will further burial Nigeria in the coming months. It usually take 4months before these types of effect start puring in.

Just imagine university of Benin as a big factory? And a sudden increase in their tariff.

What would happened to this type of company? Increase of their products by 300%. And there will be two things involved. Either they closed up or they lost market share. They will reduce workers loads as well.

This similar thing is what is happening accross the country for people using large electricity bills. so many companies currently. Hotels and factory will find it difficult to stay are float.

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Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by mightyhazel: 7:12am On May 26
Lordbinsmar:


So naa Professors go use their salary to provide government infrastructure

People mumu for this forum ooo


Exactly...people too mumu


For nowhere was it suggested that they should use their salary for it..


Just mumu inspired junk from you
Re: 340% Tarrif Hike: Darkness Looms As UNIBEN Says 'We Can't Afford N280m Bill' by SirLakes: 7:19am On May 26
Good for nothing institutions in Nigeria that only know how to generate their own cheap electricity on papers.

Call them now to explain how power can be generated from laughter you will hear big big grammar of its possibility.....in reality zero cheesy

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