The house of representatives committee on power has directed the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to suspend the planned increase in electricity tariff.
Recalled that NERC had directed the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to enforce an upward review of the tariff starting from April 1.
Aliyu Magaji, the committee chairman, who the order in Abuja on Tuesday, January 14, asked NERC to issue a directive suspending the upward review pending proper consultations on the matter.
Earlier, The Herald reported that the minister of power, Sale Mamman, disclosed that a certain cabal in his ministry wanted to perpetuate themselves in power at the expense of service delivery to Nigerians.
Mamman made the disclosure on Monday, January 6, while speaking about the reactions which trailed the suspension of some top officials in the ministry.
Mamman in a statement through his media aide, Aaron Artimas, said the cabals in the power ministry work against government efforts to re-position the power sector for efficiency.
The minister also said the activities of the cabal have affected the entire industry which prompted the government to remedy the situation with the goal of improving power in the country.
The statement read: “This obviously affected their performance in impacting the entire industry. No responsible leadership will tolerate such chaotic situation and expect success on the ultimate goal of improving power in the country.
“When he assumed duty barely five months ago, Mamman was never under any illusion that his job was going to be a walk in the garden. Soon after we began to hear of a cabal which held the ministry by the throat and denying Nigerians the full value of their huge investments in the power sector.
“As early as November last year, this cabal began to sponsor insidious reports using some faceless groups in Lagos, claiming that the ministry under the new minister was biased.
“It is the same untouchables who want to perpetuate themselves in power that are now resisting any form of re-organisation meant to re-position the Ministry for optimum performance. The Ministry should not be tied down by individuals whose only concern is the retention of power at the expense of service delivery.”