Nigeria to unveil new electricity tariff for business owners and manufacturers

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, said on Monday that a new tariff regime on gas supply to electricity producers in the country will to come into effect on Tuesday.

The Chairman of the Commission, Sam Amadi, said in Abuja that based on the new arrangement, manufacturers and other business owners in the country would henceforth be paying higher electricity prices.

The Chairman, who did not disclose what the new tariff would be, said that it would not adversely affect residential electricity consumers who are expecting a hike in electricity bills in line with the Multi Year Tariff Order, MYTO, the template guiding adjustments of electricity tariffs in the country.

The disclosure came as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, signed a N213 billion financing agreement with some deposit money banks, DMBs, to offset their legacy debts that accrued from their past interventions in the power sector, to open new credit lines to old and new investors in the industry.

The CBN, along with key players in the power sector, including gas suppliers, electricity distribution and generation companies, had, on November 18, signed the N213 billion definitive agreement for the implementation of the CBN-Nigeria Electricity Market Stabilisation Facility, NEMSF.

But Mr. Amadi said the pending new gas tariff regime would ensure adequate supply of gas to power plants towards improved and sustained power supply to attract new investors into the sector.

Though the new arrangement would translate to higher cost of business, and producers of goods and services would naturally transfer part of the cost to consumers, he said the impact on consumers, by way of higher prices for goods and services, would not be immediate.

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