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Table Water Producers Decry Surge In Electricity Tariff






The Ogun State Chapter of the Association of Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP) has expressed profound dismay at the recent 300 percent surge in electricity tariffs sanctioned by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Babatunde Lawal, the State Chairman of ATWAP, conveyed to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Ota that the increase would exacerbate the production expenses.

Mr Lawal noted that electricity was central and important to development in any economy, adding that it contributed about 30 per cent requirement in the table water production industry and generally in manufacturing as it provides lightings and powers machines and tools.

“An increase of 300 per cent will drive up costs as expenses will go up, if it translates to availability of electricity.

“The effect may be marginal as we currently pay a fortune buying diesel and premium motor spirit at the moment.

“However, the average household will have to pay more for the products while consumers may purchase less as purchasing power reduces,” he said.

He appealed to the Federal Government to provide loans needed to support their businesses as capital had been eroded following the hike.

He added that it was time for businesses to reassess strategies for profit making as a result of the current challenges in the country.

Recall that Musliu Oseni, the Vice Chairman, NERC, on Wednesday in a statement in Abuja, said that with the newly approved tariffs, subsidies for the 2024 fiscal year are expected to reduce by about NGN1.14 trillion.

Mr Oseni said that this was in furtherance of the Federal Government’s realignment of the subsidy regime.