Chad begs Nigerian government for electricity

Chad begs Nigerian government for electricity

- The government of Chad has pleaded for the federal government of Nigeria to supply it with electricity

- The Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi, asked for his country to be connected to Nigeria’s electricity grid

- The envoy made the request during a visit to the minister of power, Sale Mamman in Abuja

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The Chad Republic has pleaded for the federal government of Nigeria to supply it with electricity.

The Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Saleh Chachaimi, asked for his country to be connected to Nigeria’s electricity grid.

The envoy made the request during a visit to the minister of power, Sale Mamman in Abuja, Daily Trust reported.

He said connecting Chad to Nigeria’s electricity would further enhance the historical and economic collaborations between both countries.

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In response, Nigeria’s minister of power, Mamman, said the request by the Chadian envoy would be evaluated for possible approval.

Meanwhile, Engineer Sale Mamman has said the new increment on electricity tariff will take off in July. Mamman disclosed this on Tuesday, June 16 when he appeared before the Senate committee on power.

He said the government is going ahead with the plan because the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic had also affected its plans for the repositioning of the electricity market toward financial sustainability.

He revealed that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had initially planned to conduct a tariff review in April 2020.

He, however, said his ministry was proactively seeking strategies to identify projects that would require counterpart funding in the face of dwindling national revenue so as to deliver within the projected timelines.

He added that the power sector was also grappling with the challenge of infrastructural misalignment, market inefficiency, transparency, sector governance, policy coordination, increase energy access and completion of legacy projects.

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In another news report, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has insisted that the estimated billing system in the power sector remains unacceptable.

According to the speaker, the Nigerian government must explore every mean possible to address the issue.

The Nation reports that he said this on Tuesday, June 9, in Abuja, while inaugurating the House Ad hoc Committee on Power Sector Reforms.

Legit.ng gathered that the committee is chaired by house leader, Alhassan Doguwa.

Gbajabiamila the ad-hoc committee was set up as a result of the house's commitment to ensuring a comprehensive review of all legislation concerning the power sector.

He lamented that Nigeria has not gotten the power sector right in spite of the best efforts put so far.

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