Can Nigerian states produce their own electricity?
States generating power, Stears

One thing you can count on in Nigeria is that the national grid will collapse.

Google “national grid Nigeria” and the top ten results will include the word “collapse”. The headlines will be related to “why the national grid collapsed again”. The term “again” there illustrates the general exasperation Nigerians feel with the national grid. You’ll also see words like “incessant” and “frequent” because the two things that are predictable about the grid are that it will surely collapse, and it will collapse unexpectedly.


Key takeaways:
  • The Nigerian house of representatives voted in favour of a bill that will allow states in Nigeria to generate, transmit and distribute electricity in areas covered by the grid.

  • It’s no secret that the national grid is unreliable and that the power sector suffers from liquidity issues. With the states in control of their power supply, state governments could create an enabling environment for the private sectors in their states.

  • But, there are a few obstacles that will need to be addressed for their success and to ensure that they don’t end up in the same situation as the national power sector.


This feeling of exasperation is heightened because we don’t have a choice. When my laptop kept shutting down unexpectedly even after getting it fixed, I stopped complaining and got a new one. But with Nigeria’s electricity grid,

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Noelle Okwedy

Noelle Okwedy

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