The Government of Niger state says it is negotiating with two firms from Israel and the United Arab Emirates to build an alternative power source in the state.
Niger state Governor, Sani Bello stated this on Tuesday when he received Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Faruk who paid him Sallah homage in Minna.
The governor said the state, which hosts three hydropower generation stations with 1,600 megawatts capacity each, should not be experiencing such power outages.
Bello said that alternative means would be necessary following persistent power outage in the state.
He said having alternative power supply would guarantee steady electricity in the state.
In his words, “We have demanded from electricity generating companies to allocate additional 10 per cent electricity from the national grid to the state.
“That is yet to yield the result, we can no longer wait but to take appropriate action to seek other means of steady electricity supply to our people.
“We have started talks with two electricity companies based outside the country.
“We will start with Minna, the state capital then it will cut across other local government areas of the state.
He added, “Though the president is aware of our plight, we will try on our part pending when the 10 per cent additional allocation we are demanding will be allocated to us, we will look for the alternative way.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government at a news briefing on Aug. 12 had threatened to stop payment of electricity bill to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) if power outages persist in the state.