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BREAKING: Expect More Electricity Price Hike – FG Warns Nigerians

The Federal Government of Nigeria has alerted citizens to expect a forthcoming increase in electricity prices.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has alerted citizens to expect a forthcoming increase in electricity prices.

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, conveyed that these adjustments are part of a phased strategy to gradually eliminate subsidies in the sector, aiming to stimulate investment and sustainability.

Despite recognizing potential challenges, the government emphasizes the necessity of this transition for the long-term viability of the energy sector and economic stability.

In a recent announcement, the Federal Government of Nigeria has cautioned its citizens to prepare for an upcoming escalation in electricity costs.

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Addressing the nation during a press conference, VerseNews reports that the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu emphasized the likelihood of an additional surge in electricity tariffs in the near future.

Speaking on behalf of the government, Adelabu, underscored the necessity of this price adjustment, citing the current economic realities and the imperative to sustain the power sector.

Adelabu outlined that the recent increments in electricity tariffs are part of a broader strategy aimed at gradually phasing out subsidies in the sector, thereby fostering greater investment and efficiency.

Adelabu further clarified the government’s stance, affirming that the “tariff review is in conformity with our policy thrust of maintaining a subsidized pricing regime in the short run or the short term with a transition plan to achieve a full cost reflective tariff for over a period of, let us say three years. I have mentioned it in a couple of media briefings that it is because of government sensitivity to the pains of our people that we will not make us migrate fully into a cost reflective tariff or to remove subsidy 100 percent in the power sector like it was done in oil and gas sector.”

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“We are not ready to aggravate the sufferings any longer which is why we said it must be a journey rather than a destination and the journey starts from now on, that we should do a gradual migration from the subsidy regime to a full cost reflective regime and we must start with some customers.

“This is more like a pilot for us at the Ministry of Power and our agencies. It is like a proof of concept that those that have the infrastructure sufficient enough to deliver stable power of enjoying 20 hours of light to be the ones to get tariff add.”

“The government would have paid N2.9tr for 2024. This is more than 10 percent of the national budget. It will be insensitive on our part to compel the government to pay such subsidy when we have other competing issues the government needs to fund under pau its of funds we have.”

Adelabu’s address reflects the government’s commitment to a phased approach towards eliminating electricity subsidies, prioritizing the long-term sustainability and viability of the power sector while acknowledging the imperative of mitigating the immediate hardships faced by Nigerian citizens.

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