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  • Updated: May 29, 2024

Hoteliers in Kwara protests high IBEDC tariff

Hoteliers in Kwara protests high IBEDC tariff

Hoteliers in Kwara State on Tuesday took to the streets to protest alleged outrageous and insensitive hike of electricity tariffs given to them by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC.

The protest was undertaken by the hoteliers under the aegis of the Association of Hotel Owners in Kwara State.

The protest which later terminated at the office of the Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission on Kwara State Stadium Road, Ilorin in the afternoon was led by its President, Dauda Akande, who handed the petition containing the grievances of the association to the secretary of the Ilorin branch of the Forum of NERC.

The complaints, according to the protesters, included electricity tariff hike, computer manipulation and number of hours given to them for electricity supply by the IBEDC which is the company in charge of Electricity supply to Kwara State.

Some placards carried by the hoteliers read, “IBEDC, stop hike in electricity tariff”, “We say capital no to high electricity tariff by IBEDC”, “We will not allow IBEDC to drive us out of business”, “NERC, please rescue us from high electricity tariff impose on our members by IBEDC”, among others.

In the letter presented to the NERC secretary, Akande alleged that the IBEDC wanted to drive members of the hotel owners in the state out of business with the high electricity tariff being imposed on them.

According to him, “In its recent upward review of its tariffs, the IBEDC outrageously and insensitively increased the electricity tariff of its Band A customers, under which many of our members fall, from N74 to N225 per unit.

“The company later effected marginal downward review to N205 per unit.

This afterthought marginal reduction is grossly inadequate and many of our businesses cannot survive this tariff hike under the prevailing economic situation of our country.

“If the IBEDC fails to effect a substantial downward review of its tariffs, many businesses will collapse and there will be inevitable job losses across the country. This will only compound the current economic challenges of our dear country.

“We hereby demand a substantial downward review of the electricity tariffs to prevent the imminent collapse of our businesses and job losses.

“We implore the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission to intervene without further delay to save our businesses and jobs.”

He further called on the presiding member, Nigeria Electricity Commission Forum, Ilorin to forward the submitted letter of protest to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission head office in Abuja for the urgently needed intervention.

When contacted for reaction, the chairman of the Ilorin branch of the Forum of NERC, Amos Ajanaku, who said that he was on his way to Ibadan, Oyo State for a meeting, promised that the association’s complaint would be forwarded to the NERC head office, Abuja.

“I have been informed of the protest of the association by the secretary and she said that they had submitted a letter containing their grievances. We will forward it to NERC office in Abuja for possible action and assured them that their letter would get to Abuja”, Ajanaku said.

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