DECADES OF NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY STORY -- STILL WORK IN PROGRESS

ELECTRICITY GENERATED AND SUPPLIED to Nigerians, in relation to the country’s population remains grossly inadequate.  The questions remain, also, whether Nigeria has benefited from the privation of its power sector. Privatising the sector was the business option aimed at ending various obstacles bedevilling electricity generation and supply in the country. But little progress has been made so far.

African Development Bank, AfDB, is providing further boost to electricity generation and supply in Nigeria. The board of AfDB approved $210m for Nigeria Transmission Expansion Programme, NTEP—1 Projects. Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Thursday, announced the board’s approval of the fund, in a board resolution, Wednesday, in AfDB Headquarters.

Nigeria Transmission Expansion Programme, NTEP, is one of the projects under the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme, TREP, financed by the AfDB, targeted at rehabilitating and expanding parts of the transmission grid in North-West, South-South and South-East.

TCN said the project would reconstruct old transmission lines, build new ones, as well as, construct new substations, contributing to further increase its transmission capacity.

Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, said though the approval had just been given, the company had concluded environmental studies, and the report had been submitted to AfDB.  The studies included Resettlement Action Plan, through which the people affected by the acquisition of the Right of Way for the proposed transmission lines were identified.

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