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Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:00

We Finally Know Why Nigeria Sells Electricity To Countries With Better Power Supply

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Related imageOne of the biggest challenges Nigeria has faced since it gained independence almost 60 years ago, is the problem of power supply.

And if like us, you grew up hearing the highly confusing fact that despite not having light, we manage to sell electricity to other countries, you'll be glad to know the reason why. But we cannot guarantee that it will make you feel better.

Earlier this week at the Presidency Quarterly Business Forum in Abuja, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, explained why our country supplies electricity to places like Niger and Benin Republic - countries that enjoy better power supply than us.

According to the Minister, some of the rivers that sustain our main source of power supply, the Kainji Dam, flow from these countries. So, in exchange for not damming those rivers and preventing them from flowing into Kainji, the countries got, well, mandatory supply of electricity from Nigeria.

 

Basically, instead of our leaders finding alternative means of power supply or at the very least an agreement that doesn't give off hostage situation vibes, we find ourselves in this very weird situation: we don't have light, but the people who "lent" us resources to get light, and sell to them, do.

Doesn't this make you feel even worse?

 

 

Credit: Konbini.   15-07-2017

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