The recent increase in electricity tariff has further made life more unbearable, to some residents of Nasarawa State who spoke to PlatinumPost.
The recent increase in electricity tariff from about N30.23 to about N62 .33 per kWh, while the price of petrol was increased from about N145 to about N161 per litre.
Some of the residents in the state told our correspondent that before the hike in the electricity tariff, that 39-units used to be N1,000 but with the hike, one can only purchase 20-unit with the same amount.
A resident of Mararaba, who simply identified himself as Jackson a Cyber Café owner expressed dismay over the electricity hike, saying the “increase in both electricity tariff and fuel is making life difficult for me.
“I am deeply affected by the increases because I use electricity and fuel to run my café. It has become so difficult, the electricity is even hardly available and one is still paying high. Also, fuel has increased, so running my generator is too expensive as well.”
He pleaded with the federal government to consider the small and medium enterprise in their policymaking process to ease the hardship on Nigerians, trying to irk out a living.
Ann Peter, another resident of Mararaba, noted that before the hike in electricity tariff she spent N2000 power per month, but after the hike, N2000 units do not last her for two weeks.
“If they don’t reverse this, I will stay in darkness because I can’t afford to spend that much on power over other important needs.” Ann lamented.
“It is so sad that with the critical moment where people are trying to recover from the impact of COVID-19 pandemic, the government keeps making life so unbearable.” She added
Confirming the effect of the hike, a staff of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) who spoke to our reporter on condition on anonymity said: “it was a bitter experience trying to explain to customers about the new development on a daily bases.”
He noted that the hike was shocking to him while pointing that “electricity is an essential commodity which the people cannot do without.”
He said to alleviate the suffering, “the company will do everything possible within its power to ensure that there is an improvement in the discharge of its services to customers in other to compensate the customers.”