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Nigeria ready to sell electricity to ECOWAS member states – Minister


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Federal Government has said that Nigeria is ready to boost its revenue through the sale of electricity to ECOWAS member states.

Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Saturday in Cotonou, Benin Republic, on the sidelines of the launch of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market, REM.

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According to him, Nigeria is a major player in the regional electricity market.

“It will interest you to know that Nigeria sells power to some brother countries in the region.

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“So, this meeting and launch of the market are about the integration of not only the marketing but also the standardisation of generation, transmission and distribution of energy across the sub-region,” he said.

The Federal Government has pledged commitment to the development of infrastructure, in the power sector, to improve the power situation in the country.

He said that toward realising the objective, the government had commenced work with relevant stakeholders to ensure professionalism and efficient service delivery in the power sector of the country.

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On the coming on stream of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market, he expressed optimism that the project would help regional economic integration.

NAN reports that the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market was officially inaugurated on Friday in Cotonou, Benin to address power challenge and fast-track efficiency cross-border electricity trade among member states.

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The REM is planned in three phases with the first phase being transitional for two years while the second phase will kick-start in 2020 with a competitive market.

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The third phase is a long term vision depending, on the availability of adequate regional transmission capacity and enough generation reserve in member States.



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