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BREAKING: NERC approves tariff increase for DisCos

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has given Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC); Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC); Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC); Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC); Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC); Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) approval to increase their tariff rates.

The new approval took effect from January1, 2022 but the new rate is from February 2022.

According to the document titled: “This regulatory instrument shall be cited as Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO-2022) for Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc (PHED”), NERC based the increase on the Performance Improvement Plans of the DisCos and indices such as gas price, inflation, exchange rate, US inflation rate and available generation capacity.

The commission noted that the indices with potential impact of on electricity rates were considered.

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It added that these indices shall be reviewed in every six months to update the tariffs with changes in the indices as applicable in line with the MYTO.

This was contained in the commission’s Order No: NERC/304/2021, which chairman, Sanusi Garba and Vice Chairman Musiliu Oseni signed on 29th December, 2021.

The document explained: “Consequently, following the approval of PHED’s PIP on 30th April, 2021, the Commission issued the MYTO-2021 Extraordinary Tariff Order effective from 1st July 2021 in consideration on PHED’s CAPEX proposals over a 5-year plan in line with the approved PIP.
“Accordingly, this MYTO-2022 order restates PHED’s approved 5-year CAPEX and relevant assumptions applied to forecast revenue requirements and applicable tariffs for the period 2021-2026 in line with MYTO Methodology and Regulations Procedure for Electricity Tariff Reviews in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).”

It is programmed from 1st July 2021 to 30th June, 2026.

The document showed that for the PHED (A-Non MD) customers who paid N56.16/kwh in January 2022 will now (February to December 2022) pay N60.67/kwh).

(B Non-MD) customers who paid N56.64/kwh in January 2022, will now pay N59.64/kwh.

The noted that E- MD2 customers who paid N50.72/kwh in January 2022, will now (From February 2022) pay N54.22/kwh .

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Cash withdrawal limits will send us out of business – POS Terminal operators

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The new directive on cash withdrawal by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday is generating heated comments and reactions from Nigerians, especially point of sale (PoS) terminal operators who largely depend on cash to run their business.

FIJ interviewed some operators at Agric and Isawo bus-stops in Ikorodu on Wednesday and they spoke on how the policy would impact their means of livelihood.

A tricycle operator who identified as Kamoli Abayomi explained that the policy would not sit down well with the unbanked and uneducated population, citing an instance of a tricycle dealer in Agric, who doesn’t operate a bank account because he lacks confidence in the banks.

“I heard about the regulations yesterday in a news report. I am concerned about uneducated people and those who do not patronise banks,” Abayomi told FIJ.

“A couple of weeks ago, one old man selling tricycle here (Agric) sold a tricycle for ₦650,000 and he had to acquire the bank information of one of his fellow tenants at their complex to receive the payment.

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“Ordinarily, he prefers customers to pay in cash. If the money is huge, he would quickly take it home for safe-keeping. For people like this, how would they fare under this new banking rules?”

Tobi Martins has a PoS stand at the entrance of RSA Street, close to Isawo. He told FIJ the policy would not favour his business.

“I read the news yesterday on social media and became affected. I thought of how this would reduce my business patronage and even inconvenient some customers who come here to withdraw large sums,” he said.

“However, I think they have their reasons and we too will find a way to accommodate the new reality.”

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Agbaje Mary, an indigene of Osun State, said she was not aware of the development.

“I didn’t know anything about this policy until you told me. It is not going to affect my business positively. I’m an admission seeker and I started this business to make myself productive while hoping to go get an admission,” she explained.

“What this means to me is that I may end up closing this business by the time my customer base diminishes as a result of this policy. I remember I started with ₦10,000 a year ago and the capital has multiplied now. In a day, I could trade with ₦200,000 and even more.

“But now, if I cannot withdraw more than ₦50,000 for my business over the counter in a day, the implication is that my business could die gradually.”

When this reporter approached Ajibola Janet for comments, she said she was not aware of such regulations. After reading out the letter to her, she also expressed her worry over the development, saying “it will definitely tell on our business”.

“Such policy is unfair. Our business is cash-dependent and limiting how much people withdraw daily and how much we also can withdraw to use for business, will bring severe impacts on our operations,” he said.

“At any rate, this is not my only line of business. I will rather concentrate my attention on other lines for my survival and follow the trend.”

As this reporter approached Adebisi Adejumoh and Mosun Akanji, what came to their minds was that he wanted to withdraw money. Upon initiating a conversation with them, they realised his purpose was entirely different.

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Adejumoh said, “This policy is too harsh. People withdraw various amounts from me daily. Sometimes, some people come here to withdraw ₦100,000 at once.”

“The higher the amount an individual withdraws at a go, the higher my own charges. So, if it now becomes impossible for one person to withdraw above ₦20,000 in a day, I am confused, as we would be making adequate profits and receive my pay at the end of the month from my employer.”

On her own part, Akanji dismissed the policy as untrue. She said it was doubtful the apex bank would release such regulations when POS business had kept many productive.

“I don’t want to believe what you are saying is true. Why will they (CBN) pronounce a policy like that? It does not have human face. Looking at the number of people in this business, there may be a problem if the policy becomes effective and people can no longer make ends meet,” Akanji explained to FIJ.

At another shop on a one-storey building situated at Isawo junction, a man who identified as Emmanuel Houston, told FIJ that the policy would affect everybody to different extents.

According to Houston, POS machines have created jobs for thousands of Nigerians and ensured relative peace in some communities.

“In Isawo alone,” Houston said, “unless there is an official register of POS terminals here, you might not be able to count the number of people doing the business.

“Some people don’t take it as their full line of business while some do not have any other business. I believe the regulations have the potential to bite everybody regardless.”

With the new CBN regulations, ATMs will only dispense ₦200 notes and below.

The revised cash withdrawal limits contained in a letter with reference number BSD/DIR/PUB/LAB/015/069 becomes effective on January 9, 2023.

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Senate cautions CBN over cash withdrawal limits

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The Senate on Wednesday asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to exercise restraint on its latest policy on cash withdrawals.

The apex bank, under the new withdrawal policy, limited the maximum cash withdrawal over the counter (OTC) by individuals and corporate organisations per week to N100,000 and N500,000 respectively.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the CBN should not approach the policy by jumping into it at once, saying many Nigerians would be affected.
He was responding to concerns raised by senators on the issue during plenary on Wednesday.
The Senate Minority Leader Phillip Aduda (PDP, FCT) during the session had called the attention of his colleagues to the new policy while seconding a motion that the nominations of Mrs Aishah Ahmad and Mr Edward Lametek Adamu as deputy governors of CBN be referred to the committee for screening.
Aduda called for caution on the cash withdrawal limit, saying the policy would affect the country’s economy.
He said, “Our commerce, I think, is not ready for this and our economy cannot take this shock.
“There is a need for us to speak about it because people are suffering and it is a very serious issue.”
Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue) also urged the Senate to debate the policy immediately for the sake of Nigerians, whom, he said, were extremely worried.
Suswam said, “My phone was inundated by calls from constituents, who are outside the former sector. People are extremely worried. You should have allowed us to discuss this issue for the sake of Nigerians.”
Senate President Lawan noted that there was a need to engage the CBN to get more details on the policy.
He therefore directed the Senate committee on banking, insurance and other financial institutions to discuss the matter during the screening of the CBN deputy governors.
Lawan said the new CBN policy would be thoroughly debated next Tuesday.
He said, “At the moment, I will advise that these two deputy governors had been in the CBN for the past four years. So they are part of this system. They are not new people.
“This should be part of the major issues to be raised when they appear for screening.
“I want us to be properly informed and guided. Most of us, if not all of us have not had an engagement with that institution.
“My personal opinion is, if we want to be a cashless society, we should take time to be cashless society and not to jump on it at once. Most Nigerians will be out of business.
“But we need to take the opportunity of the screening to be better informed on the policy.”
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EFCC to conclude auction of 435 forfeited vehicles in Lagos Thursday

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday commenced the auction of 435 vehicles forfeited to the Federal Government at four different locations in Lagos.

The auction held in four Lagos locations (40, Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; 15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos; 14 Cameroon Road, Ikoyi Lagos and CVU Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos) will be concluded Thursday December 08, 2022.

The exercise commenced with the inspection of items by members of the public on December 06, 2022 in Lagos and scheduled to take place across the various commands of the commission.

The exercise is said to be in line with the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004; Public Procurement Act 2007 and the Proceeds of Crimes (Recovery and Management) Act 2022.

Dr George Ekpungu, Secretary to the Commission and Chairman, EFCC Asset Disposal Committee, said, “The exercise is the first of the planned auction of forfeited properties across EFCC Zonal Commands and EFCC headquarters.

“It is being conducted in conjunction with the Bureau of Public Procurement to ensure compliance with all extant laws.”

Ekpungu, welcoming the auctioneers to the centre, expressed his gratitude to sister agencies, including the Nigerian Army, invited to provide adequate security and ensure orderliness.

He also appealed to members of the public present at the auction to listen carefully to the auctioneers and comply with all stipulated guidelines.

Nine auctioneers allocated to the Lagos Zonal Command of the EFCC to dispose of the cars are Rihanna Auction Limited, Kamyus Consult Limited; Areogun Resources Limited and BIS N JEG.

Others are Integrated Services Nig.Ltd; Mau & Sons Ltd; Langar Aghaji & Co; Fagobe Company Ltd and Musa Kira and Co.

The cars were allocated to auctioneers based on assessed values and open ballot system.

Pictures of the cars were displayed with allocated lot numbers for public inspection.

The display was to provide an opportunity for interested bidders to view and indicate interest in any car of their choice.

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