Power consumers belonging to the elite bloc (Band A) will now pay far more for electricity as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has approved a triple increase in their charges.

Musliu Oseni, NERC vice-chairman, announced the approval during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.

Oseni said customers under the classification, who receive 20 hours of electricity supply daily, will pay N225 per kilowatt (kW), starting from April 3 — up from N66.

He said the new rate is just about three times the existing rate.

“The commission sat and reviewed further the application by the distribution companies and have decided that only the 17 per cent feeders and less than 15 per cent customers will be affected by any rate increase that the commission will ever approve for the DisCos,” Oseni said.

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“Further to that, the commission has issued an order titled ‘April 2024 Supplementary Order’ which is supplementary to the order issued in December, effective January 2024.

“So, the April Supplementary order takes effect from today and in that order, the commission has approved a rate review of N225 per kilowatt-hour for just under 50 per cent of the customer population in NESI.

“So that means that less than 15 per cent of the customers will be affected. And I am sure you are aware of the number of customers we have in NESI. And these are the customers that are proven to be enjoying 20 hours of average hours of supply.”

Oseni said the majority of the customers previously classified as Band A customers will not be affected, reiterating that less than 15 per cent of the customer population will be affected by the rate review.