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Nigeria sub nationals can now supply electricity under new law

Nigerian lawmakers have passed a constitutional reform bill that will allow state government’s supply electricity in Africa’s most populous country, breaking the monopoly of the country’s federal government.

The draft bill is part of a number of legal reforms to the West African nation’s constitution that the country’s senate and House of Representatives voted on Tuesday.

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Majority of members of both chambers voted to alter the provisions of the 1999 Nigerian constitution “to allow states generate, transmit and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid” according to tweets by both houses.

The bill, which still has to be approved by lawmakers in Nigeria’s 36 states, before it can be signed into law by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari, could diversify the sources of electricity supply in the West African nation, which suffers from perennial power shortages.

While Nigeria has an estimated 13,000 megawatts of installed electricity generation capacity, only 7,500 megawatts of that is available and less than 4,000 megawatts is dispatched to the grid each day for its more than 200 million people.

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