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Minister apologizes for comments on electricity usage of Nigerians

The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has apologized after Nigerians said they keep their freezers running for days because of low electricity bills.

On April 4, 2024, Mr Adelabu told reporters in Abuja that Nigerians lacked the culture to manage electricity consumption due to “cheap” electricity supply.

He made the remarks after the government announced an increase in tariffs for Band A consumers.

His comments infuriated many Nigerians, who considered them highly offensive and called for his removal.

However, Adelabu appeared as a guest on Channels Television's Politics Today on Thursday and expressed regret over his comments.

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“I apologize for any comments that may be considered offensive,” he said.

“This is an innocent piece of advice on energy consumption management that we believe will go a long way in helping people reduce their utility bills.

“That advice is for people who will start receiving 20 hours of electricity per day due to recent price increases.”

On April 3, 2024, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) increased electricity prices for customers subject to 20 hours of electricity supply per day.

Customers in this category belong to Band A classification.

The increase will also see customers pay 225 kilowatts per hour, up from the current N66 kilowatts.


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