A law is in motion empowering Nigerian states to generate their own electricity, kicking off FG’s monopoly on electricity   

2 March 2022: Yesterday was a groundbreaking day for Nigeria, where 298 Federal lawmakers in both Nigeria's National Assembly and House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in support of a constitutional amendment whose mission is to allow state governments to generate and transmit their own electricity.

A statement that was released via the official Twitter handle of the Nigerian House of Representatives detailed how majority members voted in support of the constitutional reform, while only two members voted against.

"A Bill For An Act to alter the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to allow States generate, transmit and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid; and for related matters. Ayes 298, Nays 2. Ayes have it," said part of the tweets by the House of Representatives.

The bill still needs support from state lawmakers across Nigeria's 36 states, before it would be sent to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

If and when President Buhari signs the bill into law, it will mark a hallmark day for the country as it would de-throne the Federal Government of Nigeria’s monopoly to generate and distribute electricity in Africa's most populous country.

The development would also encourage Nigerian states to diversify and expand their energy portfolios, which would then finally help the country deal with the century long epileptic power problem.

According to Bloomberg, Nigeria has an installed electricity generation capacity of 13,000 megawatts daily, while only 7,500 megawatts are available, less than 4,000 megawatts are distributed to the national grid.This effectively means that millions of Nigerians live without 15 hours of electricity a day, which is just brutal.

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