23 February 2012
Rural Dwellers, Urban Poor to Enjoy N60 Billion Electricity Subsidy - NERC
The Federal Government has failed on its promise to achieve the target of 6,000 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity generation last December (Photo Courtesy Vanguard) Three classes of Nigerians are to enjoy electricity subsidy worth N60 billion this year, the chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, has disclosed.
At an interactive forum with the media in Abuja, yesterday, Amadi said those to enjoy the subsidy, which has been provided for by the federal government in this year
's budget, are rural dwellers and the urban poor (otherwise called R1) whose consumption of electricity per household average 60 kilowatts hour per month.
The second group, called R2, includes the middle class and the not-too-wealthy. The third group, called C1 are medium and small-scale enterprises comprising tailors, welders and the like.
Shedding light on the current state of power generation in the country, Dr. Amadi also stated that the output hovers between 3,600 and 3,800 megawatts, adding that "the country has the capacity to generate up to 6,000 megawatts daily".