Complaints: NERC fines Benin, P’Harcourt Discos N6.2m

Acting Chief Executive, NERC, Dr. Tony Akah
Acting Chief Executive, NERC, Dr. Tony Akah

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has slammed a fine of N6.2m on Benin and Port Harcourt electricity distribution companies for alleged poor services and failure to address other complaints from their customers.

According to the commission, it imposed a N5.01m fine on the BEDC for not complying with its decision following complaints filed by Messrs Ikponmwosa Ogiesoba Barry; S. C. Ogoke; and F. E. Ubuane.

NERC, in a statement issued in Abuja, said both Barry and Ubuane had filed complaints before the Benin forum office alleging fraudulent estimation of their electricity bills and the office ruled in their favour.

Ogoke, in his complaint, contested the amount of fixed charge he was to pay the utility company.

The commission stated that the Benin Disco ignored the directives of the forum office in those instances and the matter was subsequently referred to NERC, which issued the Directives 153 upon completion of its enforcement proceedings.

It said, “The commission hereby fines the BEDC N10,000 per day from April 14, 2016 to September 28, 2016, making a total N1.67m in each of the three instances and bringing the fines to a grand total of N5.01m”

NERC further stated that “the above notwithstanding, the BEDC shall still comply with the forum’s decisions and that the fines should be paid within two weeks from September 28, 2016 when the directive was signed after which it attracts five per cent interests daily.”