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New Electricity Tariffs: Questions, By Reuben Abati

Will the increase in tariffs translate into efficiency? I doubt it. Efficient service delivery is important. Will government agencies, the biggest debtors in the electricity sector, now pay their debts? We don’t know. Or has there been a quid pro quo at the people’s expense? Is government planning to write…
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Opinion

Yola DisCo: Matters Arising and Why BPE Needs To Suspend Its Re-privatisation, By Odion Omonfoman

It would therefore be more practical to consider a different approach and re-design of the privatisation model for Yola DisCo to achieve a successful re-privatisation. Breaking up Yola DisCo into several DisCos along state boundaries, and also adopting the concession model are strategies that would ensure success of its re-privatisation.…
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Why the PDP Is Ten Times Better Than the APC, By Femi Aribisala

We have now had three-and-a-half years of APC rule. We have now seen what APC's 'change' actually entails. We are no longer under any illusions. Even though the APC has spent the last few years re-litigating what was wrong with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it should now be clear…
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Scandal, Power and Dollars, By Jibrin Ibrahim

One thing that has been scientifically proven about corruption is that when the system is able to punish those involved in corrupt practices, the quantum decreases steadily. When there is immunity for engaging in corrupt practices, however the quantum and scale of corrupt acts grow astronomically. Politicians love telling white…
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Class Action Suit Against EKO Electricity Distribution Plc., By Femi Aribisala

“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” One of the seminal quotes of Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel laureate, was written while he, a Yoruba man, was in prison, fighting the injustice meted against the Igbo. Said Soyinka: “The man dies in all who…
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Opinion

What Tai Solarin, and Richard Quest, Said About Nigeria’s Power Problem, By ‘Tope Fasua

Tai’s argument was for something more profound. He wanted a scenario where everything is slowed down and methodical, to the extent that our children will be taught how to solve every problem using their own intelligence. He wanted the Nigerian youth to learn how to build things rather than build…
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Opinion

Liberalising the Metering Industry: Regulatory and Policy Considerations, By Odion Omonfoman

The key to liberalising the metering industry and unlocking a commercial MSP model is first to disaggregate metering from the the license obligations of DisCos and develop sound commercial regulations that assure investors in MSPs of a recovery of their investments in metering. At the 18th power sector stakeholders meeting…
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Opinion

Jonathan Did Not Order Reversal of Electricity Tariff, By Sam Amadi

...take it from the horse’s mouth: Jonathan did not reverse any tariff. Sam Amadi and his colleagues changed the tariff through the normal due process and as part of effective regulation of the sector. I have read some piece of news suggesting that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan ordered the reversal of…
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Opinion

Solutions to Addressing the Challenges of the Power Sector Privatisation, By Odion Omonfoman

The privatisation of the power sector, while transparently conducted, was fraught with a number of missteps and set to go wrong from the start of the process. Four years after, the privatisation has proven to be problematic, and may result in a sovereign debt burden for Nigeria and Nigerians. The…
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Opinion

Privatisation of the Power Sector: What Went Wrong?, By Odion Omonfoman

The privatisation process was underpinned by very optimistic and unrealistic assumptions and promises by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and policy makers. There were also several promises made to investors during the bid stage to incentivise them. Such unrealistic assumptions and incentives In recent…
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