Chaos Over Court Order On Electricity Tariff - Wholesome Life Journal

Chaos Over Court Order On Electricity Tariff

justice-mohammed-idris-of-the-federal-high-courtA recent verdict by Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos nullifying the 45 per cent tariff increase by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Com­mission (NERC) has created a chaotic situation, as NERC has indicated its resolve to launch a legal challenge to the ruling.

Last week, the court declared the hike illegal and ordered NERC to immediately reverse its action. Following the verdict, officials of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) on July 15, 2016 held a press briefing in Yaba to applaud the verdict and urge the electricity agency to comply with the ruling.

In his judgment last Wednesday, Justice Idris had ruled that the tariff increment of February 1, 2016 was carried out without following due procedures. The judge declared that the increment should be set aside, describing it as procedurally irregular. He ordered an immediate reversal to the former tariff rate and awarded N50, 000 costs against the NERC.

At a press conference, NLC national president, Ayuba Wabba, urged the regulatory body to reverse the illegal hike in compliance with the rule of law, warning that labor unions would not hesitate to bring the regulatory body before the court if it failed to obey the court’s judgment. Bobbi Kaigama, president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), cheered the verdict and implored them to hold the regulatory agency accountable to implement the ruling. (Read More)

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