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An Appraisal of electricity supply in Nigeria and the privatisation option


Incessant electric power cuts in most parts of the country has become a normal feature of electricity supply throughout Nigeria. The power outages cause much inconvenience and economic losses to all and sundry. This study has shown that the most critical factor behind the incessant power failure is the problem of inadequate funding of the industry at a time it was forced to accommodate rapid expansion. Other factors include lack of autonomy, inefficiency, poor organization as well as lack of skilled manpower. The paper has examined these problems on the basis of which suggestions are made on how the worrisome trend can be reversed. Specifically, the study has recommended the re-organization of the power utility industry to give it real autonomy to recruit competent staff, improve its revenue generation, and privatize the power distribution sub-sector of the industry.

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