Residents of Lagos State have been lamenting about the spike in the electricity tariff for the month of April 2020 by electricity distribution companies.
The residents, who took to social media to express their anger, lamented the unexpected increase despite the epileptic power supply during the #COVID19 lockdown as well as the economic impact of the pandemic.
A twitter user whose shop was closed down throughout April as a result of the total lockdown in the state disclosed he received a bill of 43,000 naira despite non-usage of power for the month.
The huge electricity tariff is suspected to be as a result of the Minor Review of the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) 2015 and the Minimum Remittance Order (MRO) for 2020 published by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which indicated that Nigerians will pay more for electricity from April 2020.
Lagos has two major electricity distribution companies, Ikeja and Eko Distribution Companies.
The actions have, however, been unpleasant to Lagosians as they are expressing their anger and dissatisfaction at the electricity distribution company and the government.
In a tweet shared by @OladunjoyeBles1, the user described the excessive billing as appalling while sharing a screenshot of the bill sent to her.
She wonders if the system calculating the tariff is malfunctioning as she got about 500 percent increment in her tariff compared to what she got in March.
@IkejaElectric I’m wondering if the system that calculates bill for consumers is malfunctioning, if not why should there be almost 500% increment in the bill I receive? From a range of 4-5k to 23k even when d electricity is not stable is appalling. D issue is d same 4 neighbours pic.twitter.com/idODYh4vf1
— Oladunjoye Blessing (@OladunjoyeBles1) May 14, 2020
Replying to her, a twitter user also shared a related issue.
That is what I received too…I don’t know if @NERCNG is aware of this criminal bill that @IkejaElectric supplied for the month of April. I asked them if I was running a bakery in my apartment to get such a bill? cc: @PowerUpNG @nepawahalang @SERAPNigeria @TundeIrukera
— Marketplace247.kehinde.Adegboyega (@Marketplaces247) May 14, 2020
.@EKEDP must think us to be really stupid! It can’t be any less. Otherwise, explain to me why I was billed > NGN 90,000 for power in April? Did you reserve one transformer for my house alone? This corruption must stop! I’ve applied for a meter for > 1 year, yet nothing! No more! pic.twitter.com/F187WhZkpA
— Katchie Asugha (@katchie_a) May 13, 2020