The Minister of Power in Nigeria, Abubakar Aliyu, has claimed that Nigeria has the cheapest cost of electricity in the world.
During an interactive session with the Senate committee on power and heads of various agencies in the power sector, the minister stated that electricity in Nigeria is highly subsidised by the federal government.
He compared the cost of electricity in Nigeria, which is 15 cents per kilowatt, to that of other countries in the region, such as Niger Republic with 42 cents per kilowatt, the Republic of Benin with 23 cents per kilowatt, and Mali with 25 cents per kilowatt, among others. However, TheCable has not yet independently verified the minister’s claims.
Aliyu also criticised consumers and critical government agencies that fail to pay their electricity bills, while stressing that the government is doing everything possible to make electricity affordable and available for Nigerians.
The managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sule Abdulaziz, stated that high default rates on electricity bills by government agencies led to the disconnection of electricity distribution companies (DisCos) in Kaduna and Kano from the national grid.
Abdulaziz added that the affected DisCos have been temporarily reconnected but must make payments to the TCN within the 60-day grace period.