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Nigeria raises concerns over electricity debts owed by Benin Republic, Togo

Posted: 26 September, 2017 at 09:16 pm
Nigeria raises concerns over electricity debts owed by Benin Republic, Togo
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The Federal Government on sunday raised concerns over continuous electricity supply to Republic of Benin and Togo in spite of non-payment of outstanding bills and when Nigerians need the same power.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power) Dr. Louis Edozien made the Federal Government's position known at the opening of the route and environmental and social impact assessment study on the Nigeria-Benin 330 KV reinforcement project.

He urged the company in charge of the bilateral power deal, Communaute Electricique du Benin (CEB), and Togo to pay up the mounting debts.

He said the ministry's primary responsibility is to satisfy the electricity needs of Nigerians,

although the Federal Government is committed to integrating Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) electricity market.

Edozien told the West African Power Pool (WAPP) delegates that

Nigerians are not satisfied. I will explain why it makes sense to do this even in the context of the current dissatisfaction, but it is very difficult to make that argument very persuasively when the electricity we have already supplied is not paid for

So, I want to use this platform to emphasis to CEB that the debt that has accumulated for electricity already supplied needs to be settled as quickly as possible. It helps us explain to Nigerians why we should and must sign the supply by doing projects like this one.

Now, not only must the debt be paid but a mechanism must also be put in place to make sure the debt doesn't balloon again and they are paid for as and when due,

he said.

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