* DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 295) By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK).
WHAT IS THE COMPULSORY PERIOD FOR YOU TO BE RECONNECTED TO ELECTRICITY OR BE PAID FOR DELAYED RECONNECTION BY DISCO.
Where a customer is disconnected from electricity in any part of Nigeria for whatever reason, and such customer has met reconnection conditions including payment of reconnection costs and administrative costs, such customer must be reconnected to electricity within 48 hours by the concerned electricity Distribution Company (DisCo). Where a DisCo fails to reconnect a customer within 48 hours, then the DisCo must pay compensation to such customer as Delayed Reconnection Costs.
The approved Delayed Reconnection Costs(Compensation) payable by DisCos, are:
1. For Residential customer, DisCo must pay N1000.00 for each day
2. For a Commercial customer, DisCo must pay N1,500 for each day.
3. For an Industrial customer or Special customer, DisCo must pay N2,000 for each day.
Also note that DisCo is to pay a customer where a DisCo disconnects a customer without justification.
My authorities are Regulations 2 and 14 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services, 2007 as well as Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Order on Unauthorised Access, Meter Tampering and By-Pass (ORDER NO: NERC/REG/41/2017.
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