Senate Warns that Nigeria's Unstable Power Supply Will Not Ease

The Senate has asked Nigerians not to expect a stable power supply in the nearest future due to gross underfunding of the power sector and apparent lack of seriousness on the part of the federal government in getting it fixed. This comes after the Senate has raised concerns over the non-provision of budgetary allocation in the 2021 budget for the execution of the Mambila Power Project in Taraba State. The Mambilla hydropower project has a generation capacity of 3,050 megawatts when completed. Many Nigerians do not have access to grid electricity and those who do have access, face regular power cuts. Access to electricity ranks as one of the major constraints for the private sector, according to the 2020 Doing Business report. Hence, improving power sector performance, particularly in the non-oil sectors of manufacturing and services, will be central to unlocking economic growth, post Covid-19.

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