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Nigeria mulls handing over power utilities to state governments

Nigeria mulls handing over power utilities to state governments

NIGERIA'S government is considering handing over its stake in 11 power utilities to state governments to improve oversight and address the country's chronic power shortages, the minister of power said. The federal government holds a 40% interest in 11 power distribution companies (DISCOs) that were privatised a decade ago, each of which operates a franchise spanning three or more states. Nigeria's Minister of Power Adebayo Adelabu said the federal government is open to swapping its shares in the DISCOs for shares in the privately managed Niger Delta Power Holding Co, a separate power firm it jointly owns with the states…
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