Nigeria: 2000 Communities Have No Electricity
Nov. 4, 2011 - Yunus Abdulhamid - allafrica.com
There are 2000 communities in Nigeria that do not
have access to electricity power supply, Minister
of Power, Prof Bart Nnaji has said. He described
the situation as unacceptable and to remedy it, the
federal government was making effort to revive the
comatose Rural Electrifications Agency (REA). The
agency has been in limbo for two years.
Speaking to a delegation of political and community
leaders from the 10 towns in Ihiala Local Government
Area of Anambra State who visited him in his office
in Abuja yesterday, the minister said the "condition
which made the creation of REA inevitable is still
He described electricity as a basic right of the
"This belief explains the ongoing power sector
reform "which has since it was launched last
year enjoyed the support of our people and the international
Prof Nnaji also disclosed that 1,946 projects being
carried out by the REA are at different levels
of completion and, therefore, should not be abandoned.
Rural electrification contractors, according to
minister, are owed N3.4 billion.
"It is painful to listen to or read accounts
of rural electrification contractors who have sold
their houses or died as a result of this huge debt
owed over a long period," he observed.
He justified the increased vote for the Rural Electrification
Agency in "our budgetary proposal for the 2012
The leader of the Ihiala delegation, Engineer Fort
Dike who is a member of the House of Representatives,
implored the minister to improve power supply in
his constituency which he called the largest local
government area in Nigeria.