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Electricity consumers may be heading for a collision course with the Federal Government over its revised electricity tariff christened ‘Service Reflective Tariff’ which took effect yesterday.

The consumers had in the first five months of 2020 paid an estimated N236.5 billion for power consumed, an indication that the figure may rise in subsequent months with the latest tariff hike

But the new tariff regime has abolished the old billing system and introduced another one having new classes of tariff categorisation as approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Under the old tariff regime, per kilowatt hour(Kwh) for residential consumers under Ikeja Electric was N21.80 but has now risen to N53.87 for same category under the new service reflective tariff and N66.42 per kwh for non -residential or Maximum Demand(MD consumers under Kaduna Electric. The plan, according to NERC was for the sector to gradually make a transition to a full cost-recovery market where cost of services provided will be fully recovered while services are also expected to improve within a very short time in the areas of customer service delivery, infrastructure upgrade, metering and technological solutions based on the level of investments that will be attracted going forward. Customers are now categorised into Maximum Demand customers (MD) and Non-Maximum Demand (Non-MD) customers, in place of the usual Residential, Commercial and Industrial customer classes. Under the new tariff, all customers have now been clustered into different bands depending on the level of service currently being enjoyed.

The new order directed the DisCos to bill customers in accordance to their classifications, adding that Nigerians who receive less than 12-hour supply of electricity will not be affected in the latest hike until service improves. “This order shall take effect from September 1, 2020 and shall cease to have an effect on the issuance of a new minor review order or an extraordinary tariff review order by the Commission,” NERC stated.

“The order reflects the impact of changes in macroeconomic parameters and revenue requirements and a revised tariff design that aligns rates paid by customers with the quality of services as measured by the average availability of power over a month period.

“Pursuant to the objective of incentivising a continuous improvement of service for all customers, there shall be no tariff reviews for customers experiencing an average power supply availability of less than 12 hours per day over a period of one month. “Unmetered customers within service bands A,B and C thus benefiting from a supply availability in excess of an average of 12 hours per day over a period of one month as affected by this tariff order shall be protected by the provision of order on capping of estimated bills in the NESI and federal government intervention on accelerated metering of all customers. “The Commission orders that you shall continue to maintain the lifeline tariff of N4 per kW for all customers consuming less than 50kw per hour of energy per month as a safeguard for the less privileged members of the society,” NERC added.

An Electricity Law expert at the University of Lagos, Prof Yemi Oke, slammed NERC over the introduction of the tariff, saying it was still an abuse of consumer rights and would not ultimately address the their concerns. Oke said cost reflective tariff does not give consumers the choice of flexibility and would in turn subject them to shortchange by the Discos. He said the ultimate solution lies in every consumer being metered to help regulate consumption in a way to suit their lifestyle. He equally faulted the methodology used by NERC in arriving at the current cost per kilowatt hour, saying the tariff is high.

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FG disburses N6.1bn to 129,137 Zamfara households

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A total of N 6 , 091 ,580 ,000 has been disbursed to 129, 137 poor and vulnerable households in Zamfara State , the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development announced on Tuesday .
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar -Farouq , stated this during a meeting with the Emirs and other stakeholders at the Zamfara State Government House , Gusau .
She was quoted in a statement issued by the ministry ’s Chief Information Officer , Adeyemo Felicia , as saying , “ The disbursement is done through the Conditional Cash Transfer programme to the poor and vulnerable households in the state .
“ It is done with a monthly base cash transfer of N 5 , 000 to each beneficiary, with the sole aim of graduating them out of poverty .”
Umar -Farouq said the CCT exercise was conducted in six Local Government Areas including Anka , Bungudu, Birnin Magaji , Kauran Namoda Tsafe and Talatar Mafara .
The minister stated that the programme improved the socio -economic livelihoods of over 130 ,000 beneficiaries with payments of between N 30 , 000 to N 80 ,000 distributed based on the dates that each beneficiary was registered on the CCT exercise .
She said the existing National Social Investment Programmes were being expanded to offer wider protection to the most vulnerable persons and communities in Nigeria.
Umar -Farouq said , “ In October 2019 , the Zamfara Social Register had 175 ,955 poor and vulnerable households made up of 802 ,279 individuals .
“ The register has grown under my stewardship to 420, 358 households and 1 ,950 , 201 individuals that will benefit from the government ’ s social safety net programmes .
“ Furthermore , cash transfers will be expanded to cover an additional one million households nationwide. Of this expansion , Zamfara will have a total of 138 ,861 new beneficiaries, in addition to the 130 ,000 currently being paid through the CCT ” .
The Zamfara State Governor , Muhammad Matawalle , who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government , Bala Maru, urged the Federal Government to intervene in road construction that would give security agents access to remote areas where bandits hide.

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Man City ready to win Champions League — Villas-Boas

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Marseille coach Andre Villas- Boas said on Monday Manchester City are “ a machine ready to win the Champions League ” , on the eve of the two teams ’ group -stage meeting .
City have never reached the Champions League final and are yet to even reach the semi- finals in four attempts under Pep Guardiola .
“( City) are a machine ready to win the Champions League ,” said Villas- Boas . “ They may not be at their best level , their coach admitted that .
“ That ’ s why I allow myself to say that , but they are still at a higher level than us and remain the favourites tomorrow ( Tuesday ) . ”
City , who relinquished their Premier League title last season to Liverpool , have only won twice in five league games this season.
Marseille , the only French club to win the European Cup , are playing their first Champions League campaign since 2013 -14 , when they were knocked out in the group stage .
They lost their Group C opener to Olympiakos last week but have made a solid start in Ligue 1 and are only three points behind the pace -setting Paris Saint -Germain and Lille.
Dimitri Payet has only scored once this season, and Villas-Boas admitted he needs his star winger to find form .
“ Dimitri ( Payet ) is a key player . We have spoken and we both know he can do better , ” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham coach .
“ But it does not only depend on him , also on the team , which must help raise his level . He needs to rediscover what he brought to the team last season. ”
City came from behind to beat Porto 3 -1 last week in Manchester, but Guardiola will likely make at least one change to that team , with Kevin De Bruyne fit again and Sergio Aguero struggling with a muscle problem .
Villas- Boas admitted he cannot know what to expect from Guardiola , who has been criticised for tinkering tactically in Europe .
“ Pep is able to create surprises , and the problem with City is that they have several dynamics and they can adapt . For us, however , this is not a game for experimenting . ”

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen . Tukur Buratai , has directed senior military personnel to declare their assets in compliance with the code of conduct for public officers.
He stated that personnel entrusted with leadership responsibility must understand the importance of assets declaration and code of conduct .
Declaring open , a two -day workshop on ‘Compliance with Assets Declaration and Code of Conduct for Officers and Soldiers ,’ facilitated by Go -Getters Consulting Ltd. , in Abuja on Tuesday , the COAS said the Nigerian Army would partner with the Code of Conduct Bureau to ensure public morality and accountability in the conduct of its activities .
Buratai noted that the workshop was important to the Army as it afforded the servicemen the opportunity to fulfil their obligations as public officers in line with the provision of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999 ( as amended ) .
He said, “ The Nigerian Army under my leadership is desirous of maintaining the highest standard of accountability in the conduct of our activities , consistent with the requirements and behaviours of public officers which conform to the highest standard of probity , public morality , transparency and accountability .
“ Accordingly , I have directed that the workshop be conducted in the six Army Divisions nationwide. My directive is premised on the belief that every Army personnel entrusted with leadership responsibility must understand the importance of Assets Declaration and Code of Conduct for public officers and comply with all the provisions and requirements . ”
The Chairman , CCB , Isa Mohammed , noted that the challenges confronting the nation were the result of indiscipline in public life.
Mohammed, who was represented by Prof Samuel Ogundare , commended the Nigerian Army for organizing the workshop, which he said would afford the participants the opportunity to fully understand the workings of the Code of Conduct Bureau and the need for assets declaration.
In his welcome address, the Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation , Maj . Gen . H. Vintenaba , emphasised that the workshop would help military officers to understand the consequences of non -compliance with the provisions of the CCB on assets declaration.
He said , “ This workshop is timely as it would offer officers and soldiers the opportunity to understand fully the requirements for code of conduct and assets declaration as well as consequences for non -compliance .”

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