Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Usman Mohammed, says Nigerians should be prepared to pay more for electricity.
Usman Mohammed who disclosed this on Friday in Lagos during the Groundbreaking for the Replacement of old wires on the Ikeja West-Alimosho-Ogba-Alausa-Ota Transmission Lines, said that was the only way to ensure regular power supply in the country.
Usman said: “I want to tell the Nigerian public that we cannot move forward if we do not pay more for electricity. There is no relationship between poverty and payment for electricity. For the poor, give them electricity and a means of measurement and manage their cost. “But if we don’t initiate a cost-reflective tariff system and the situation continues like this, public funds would continue to sink in the sector in futility.”
Usman further urged the government to stop subsidies in the power sector. “We have to be prepared to remove government in the middle, this issue of government guaranteeing everybody won’t work. The facts are that contracts are not effective and government cannot continue guaranteeing the Generation Companies (GENCOs) where it already sank over N1.5 trillion.
“The expenses can only be stopped when contracts become effective through cost-reflective tariffs. We have to stop this government intervention and we can only stop it when contracts become effective. “Contracts can only be effective when you have cost-reflective tariffs. “When contracts are effective, everybody is bound by certain agreements,” Usman said.