It’s one of the great paradoxes of Nigeria. The country is Africa’s biggest oil producer, yet it relies on imported mostly on imported fuel, which it spends billions of dollars subsidising each year.
Time for the country’s richest man to step in. Continue reading »
Fixing Nigeria’s power woes through privatisation was never going to easy. Staying employed while trying to do so seems equally challenging.
First to fall was Barth Nnaji (right), the power minister who had been credited with moving forward the privatisation process but was pressured to resign in August due a conflict of interest. On Tuesday he was followed out the door by Bolanle Onogorowa (left), head of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), the agency that oversees the sell-off of government assets. Continue reading »
With painful irony, oil-rich Nigeria is unable to supply its own population with electricity. The country ranked 178th of 185 economies on access to electricity for new businesses in the World Bank’s latest “Doing Business” publication.
Infrastructure is, not surprisingly, a key to the country’s future development, as an FT Special Report sets out. Continue reading »
The first stage of electricity privatisation in Nigeria has not been without controversy but the with Tuesday’s announcement of winning bids for five power generation plants in an open process with international observers, the programme is back on track. Next up: distribution and transmission.
Among the winners in the generation round are companies from 13 countries including the US, Russia and China. The sale could net up to $1bn. Continue reading »