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NERC fines AEDC N200m for non-compliance with tariff billing


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NERC fines AEDC 200million for non compliance with tarrif billing

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has fined the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc 200 million naira, for failure to comply with the prescribed customer band classifications for the tariff billing.

This was announced in a statement released by NERC on Friday, following a detailed review and customer feedback, that revealed that AEDC had applied the new tariff to all customer bands, contrary to the Order, which was designed to ensure fair billing practices.

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Recall that the Federal Government has earlier approved the the tarrif increment from N68 to N225

The statement read “The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commissionhas taken enforcement action against the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc for non-compliance with the Supplementary Order to the April 2024 Multi-Year Tariff Order 2024 for AEDC for 200 million naira.

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“AEDC is therefore mandated to reimburse all customers in Bands B, C, D and E respectively that were billed above the allowed customer categories/tariff bands provided in the Order.

“Reimburse through the provision of the balance of customer tokens that the affected customers would be entitled to receive at the applicable rates and all token reimbursements shall be issued to the affected customers by 11 April 2024.

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“Pay the sum of ₦200,000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira) as a fine for the flagrant breach of the Commission’s Order and File evidence of compliance with the directives in a & c with the Commission by 12 April 2024.”

The Commission stated that the action taken against AEDC is to underscores its commitment in protecting consumer rights and ensuring equitable practices within Nigeria’s electricity sector.