Atiku says increased electricity tariffs is “ill-timed and ill-advised”

Former vice President of Nigeria Atiku Abubakar has publicly rejected the recent increment in electricity tariffs by the federal government.

According a report in Thisday Newspaper, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the much-anticipated electricity tariff increase which took effect from September 1st, 2020.

The new tariff by NERC implies that residential consumers receiving a minimum of 12 hours of power supply will have an increased bill of over 70 per cent.

Atiku has however argued that this new implementation would further impoverish Nigerians who are yet to come out of the lockdown.

He stated on Twitter:

“I reject the increased electricity tariffs. Coming out of the lockdown, Nigerians need a stimulus, not an impetuous disregard for the challenges they face. Many Nigerians have not earned an income for months, due to no fault of theirs. This increase is ill-timed and ill-advised.”

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