One major topic of dispute in the power sector is the fact that Nigeria still sells power to countries such as Benin and the Niger Republic. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday explained why the country supplies electricity to these countries. Niger and the Benin Republic are two countries enjoy better electricity than Nigeria and the reason why we supply power to them is shocking, to say the least. The Minister, who spoke yesterday during the Presidency Quarterly Business Forum in Abuja, said the countries got the supply with the agreement that they won’t dam the river that sustains Kainji Dam.
Nigeria sells the power in exchange for a guarantee that they won’t dam the rivers that sustain Kainji Dam.
Said Minister of Power, who spoke at the forum was attended by members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Management Team, EMT, headed by Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. This short and concise explanation makes a lot of sense, However, it still shows the rather damning way that policies are being made in part of this continent.A