Nigeria faults World Bank’s report over unclear empirical evidence
Nigeria’s federal government has faulted a recent report by the World Bank which stated that over 78 percent of electricity consumers in Nigeria receive less than 12 hours of electricity supply daily.
Recall that World Bank during a meeting with energy correspondents in Abuja last week stated that 78 percent of electricity consumers in Nigeria received less than 12 hours of supply daily.
According to a statement released through the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Mr. Ahmad Zakari to dispute the claim, Nigeria faults World Bank’s report because it was unclear what empirical evidence the bank deployed to arrive at the figures.
He noted that it is inaccurate to make a blanket statement that 78% of Nigerians have less than 12 hours daily access.”
“Empirical evidence from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) shows that only 55% of citizens connected to the grid are in tariff bands D and E which are less than 12 hours supply”, the FG’s spokesman clarified.
“The data from NERC is that 55% of citizens connected to the grid are in tariff bands D and E which are less than 12 hours supply.
Those citizens are being fully subsidised to pre-September 2020 tariffs until DIsCOs are able to improve supply. There is a N120 billion CAPEX fund from CBN for DIsCOs to improve infrastructure for these tariff classes similar to the metering programme that is ongoing,” the statement read.
Nigeria faults World Bank report, which claimed that 58 per cent of electricity consumers in the country do not have meters to measure electricity use, dismissing the data as unverifiable.
“It is unclear who did this survey and what the timeframe is. All citizens that have gotten free meters report they are happy about the reform trajectory.”
Zakari also disclosed that to date, more than 600k meters have been delivered to DISCOs out of the 1 million in phase 0 with installation ongoing. Meters are sourced locally and are creating jobs in installation and manufacturing/assembly.
The special adviser on infrastructure clarified that the Service-Based Tariff (SBT) ensures that citizens pay more only when and if they are receiving a high quality of service.
He stated that all consumers have been communicated their bands which he said are published during billing.
The statement maintained that it was inconceivable that anyone would imply that four out of five Nigerians are not intelligent enough to understand tariff classes and what they are paying for.