Tinubu Pauses Hike in Electricity, Insists On Subsidy Instead

Bashir Ishaq Muhammad

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has recently stopped the implementation of a hike in electricity tariff and insisted that subsidy be paid on power consumed nationwide.

The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, revealed this in Nigeria’s Capital Abuja on Wednesday.

Adelabu also stated that the Federal Government would investigate the legality of the five-year licence extension given to privatised power distribution and generation companies, stressing that the operating licences of the firms would have expired on October 31, 2023.

The minister, who spoke at a press briefing in Abuja, further stated that he would sack any non-performing chief executive in agencies under the power ministry, if their non-performance would make him lose his job as minister.

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Speaking on the call for a cost reflective tariff, which would lead to a hike in the amount payable for power, Adelabu said, “The power sector is an industry that is very sensitive to any leader”, he said.