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SENATE ON THE PLAN TO REMOVE ELECTRICITY SUBSIDY

The Senate has kicked against plans by the Ministry of Power to approve the proposed hikes in electricity tariffs by Distribution companies. The Senate also rejected plans to remove electricity subsidies given the present hardships in the country. The Senate then called on the government to step down the idea of an increase in electricity tariff.

The upper chamber also directed the committee on power to investigate the N2tn required for electricity subsidy payment, other debts owed in the sector, and the state of metering in the country. The resolution of the Senate followed its consideration and approval of a motion moved by Senator Aminu Abbas (PDP, Adamawa Central) during plenary on the need to retain subsidy on electricity in the country for the foreseeable future.

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