Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria former vice-president, has rejected the ascending review of electricity tariff in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari authorised the application of the cost-reflective electricity tariff for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) in August.
The new tariff reign, which started on Tuesday, is expected to be analyzed quarterly.
The rule set forth an upwardly adjusted tariff for customers who are not susceptible to paying more to enjoy longer hours of supply, standard voltage profile and faster fault clearance timeliness.
Reacting to the circumstancet, Atiku labelled the hike as “impetuous disregard for the challenges” faced by Nigerians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He stated that the new tariff is “ill-timed and ill-advised”, adding that instead of an increment, Nigerians deserve a “stimulus”.
“I reject the increased electricity tariffs. Coming out of the lockdown, Nigerians need a stimulus, not an impetuous disregard for the challenges they face,” Atiku wrote on Twitter.
“Many Nigerians have not earned an income for months, due to no fault of theirs. This increase is ill-timed and ill-advised.”
Also, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) increased the ex-depot price of petrol from N138.62 to N151.56 per litre on Wednesday.