Attack On Transmitters Cuts Power to Nigerian City Maiduguri

Residents of Maiduguri are struggling without electricity after suspected militants damaged two transmission towers just days after power had been restored following a previous attack two months earlier by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) - a splinter group of Boko Haram - which is also active in the area where the towers were damaged. Residents are concerned about the impact on their livelihoods as the Transmission Company of Nigeria said it will work hard to restore power.

Besides outages as a result of militant attacks, Nigeria has been plagued by poor supply of electricity for years and this has impacted negatively on the economy. The government has said that by 2030, it plans to have at least 30% of its total electricity supply coming from renewable sources, with a major focus on solar power. 

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