Electricity Tariffs Are Going Up, But We Don’t Even Have Light

February 28, 2022

Even if you never seem to have light for long enough to cook beans, your electricity bills keep going up.

Two months ago, I bought 77 units for ₦5k. Last week, imagine my shock when I got 51 units for the same ₦5k.

For the 100th time. I wonder why I’m still in this country. So because misery loves company, I reached out to fellow Nigerians who are having to deal with the skyrocketing costs of electricity while getting a lot less supply.

Ahmed, Lagos

Even though my electricity bill has doubled over the past six months. I still spend more than ₦30k to fuel my generator. The first time DisCos increased the price two years ago, they promised that we’d receive more power. I didn’t mind because no one likes generator noise, and I didn’t have any problems paying more money if I was guaranteed more electricity. For some time it seemed things were improving. But suddenly, the bills kept increasing and the quality of service fell off. Nowadays, I have a lot less light than I had two years ago — I went from receiving an average of 15 hours of power supply a day to less than 8 hours of electricity, even though I’m paying a lot more money now.

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Oluchi, Jos

These NEPA people came to collect money yesterday. They demanded  ₦25k. For what? The only electrical appliances we use in my parents’ house are energy-saving bulbs, a TV and a fridge and we don’t even have steady power. They keep bringing these outrageous bills, and we’ve asked them for a prepaid metre, but they said we must pay off outstanding bills of ₦1.5m before they install it. From where na? 

Even as it is, they don’t even read the metre to gauge our power consumption; they just estimate any random figure and slap it on the bills so that they can steal money. But me I don’t even have their time. Yesterday, I just counted ₦5k and gave them, let everybody calm down. If they insist to collect ₦25k from me for NEPA bill, they’ll have to carry gun.

Olamide*, Uyo

Omo, let’s just say that I now know why my mum always used to shout at me for leaving lights on. 

Sylvia, Ibadan

It’s been crazy, but what will I do na? Not pay for electricity? Everything is doubling in price every day, and IBEDC has decided to go the way of Nigerian brands: increase the price but reduce quality. I no longer even get up to 10 hours of light a day. Sometimes, I even go for days without electricity. With the current fuel scarcity, it’s been a truly stressful time for me as I work from home. Last week I couldn’t get anything done and I’m sure my boss got tired of my excuses, but na Naija wey we dey. 

Kedei, Abuja

I used to buy power for ₦10k before and it’d last me for a month. Right now, ₦10k only lasts for three weeks at best. And that’s with serious monitoring o. I switch on my air conditioner for some time until my bedroom gets cold, then I switch it off. I only leave my water heater on for 10-15 minutes daily so I can have enough hot water to use twice a day.

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