*Says before tariff increase, DisCos prepaid meter already a mess
*Vows to stop electricity tariff hike
…makes case for DSTV, GOTV to be Pay As You View
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, has said that it is illogical for the electricity distribution companies, DIsCos, to just wake up and announce increment of electricity tariff.
Earlier this week, the DisCos announced the implementation of the new Service Reflective Tariff Plan.
However, Buhari, who represents Oyo North at the Senate while speaking during an empowerment programme in Iseyin town, assured that the issue of tariff hike by the DIsCos is one of the issues the Senate will look into when it resumes plenary.
“This is where the Consumer Protection Council will have to come in. You can’t just wake up in the morning and increase electricity tariff. So, the CPC has to come in heavily on them.
“If they refuse, some of us, when we go back to the National Assembly, we will raise a motion and stop them. The money is not there. Even the electricity they are increasing the tariff for, the price is not commensurate with what they are giving us.
“In my house, before the increment, I normally use 20,000 in a month. Now, the 20,000 card is the one I used in a week. You will use the 20,000 in one week. It is going like air.
“And it should be pay as you use. Like DSTV, we are trying to block them that look, pay as you view which is the sensible thing. They will resist it, but, the moment we have the support of the masses particularly the press, it makes our job over there easy. It makes it very easy.
“You should also help us to enlighten the public that when we are raising this issue, that we are raising it for the benefit of the masses.”