January 28, 2023

Plateau Assembly moves to stop Increase in Electricity Tariff

Plateau State House of Assembly wants the state government to halt the Jos Electricity Distributing Company’s intention to increase electricity tariff in the state.

In a matter of public importance during plenary in the floor of the House, member representing Pankshin North state constituency, Philip Dasun noted that at a consultative meeting with stakeholders seeking the upward review of the tariff by JED last month, it was overwhelmingly rejected by the people of Plateau hence, the need for the call to suspend the matter.

He said the upward review was rejected by the people on the ground that they have not been receiving adequate supply of the power, talk more of increasing their tariff.

The member encouraged JED to ensure they put up meters in all their consumers’ houses to enable them bill the people adequately, rather than the estimated billings which is not commiserating with the power that the people are paying. According to him, such is an attempt to rob the people.

Other members who contributed on the matter all supported the move and there afte, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Abok Ayuba directed the Clerk of the House to communicate the government appropriately.

Another motion of public importance was raised by the majority leader of the House, Naanlong Gapyil on the need for the Plateau state government to increase sensitization on the dreaded Corona Virus which has claimed many lives and thousands of people infected globally.

The members supported the motion and pray that the state government should empower the state Rapid Response Team with equipment and have adequate gadgets at the airport, establish Isolated Center at the Plateau Specialist Hospital in Jos and back it up with frequent sensitization.

An Executive Bill titled “Plateau State Land use Charge” seeking to provide for the harmonization of all property and Land base charges as well as implementation of levies and collection of the land use charge payable on real property in the state passed second reading during the plenary.

The house also received report of its standing committee on Health on a bill seeking the establishment of  Plateau State Drug and Medical Commodity Management Agency from chairman of the committee.