Niger: Nigeria Suspends Electricity Supply To Niger Over Coup

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Nigeria has suspended the power supply to the Republic of Niger as a form of sanction against Niger after some military officers toppled the President-elect, Mohamed Bazoum, last week.

Nigeria supplies about 60 per cent of electricity to the western part of Niger while 40 per cent is generated locally.

Nigeria exports electricity to the Republics of Benin and Niger based on various Transaction Service Agreements.

A journalist with Agence Nigerienne De Presse (ANP), who confirmed the development to energynewsafrica.com, said that Niamey, the capital of Niger, has power from a local supply.

An attempt to get confirmation from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) failed as messages sent to Ndidi Mbah, Public Affairs Manager at TCN on WhatsApp, were unanswered.

In a report by Punch Nigeria, it said the President of Nigeria Consumer Protection Network and Coordinator of Power Sector Perspectives, Kunle Olubiyo indicated that ECOWAS would isolate the Niger Republic from the electricity supply.

“About 60 per cent of power supply to Niger comes from Nigeria. Just like organised labour usually shuts down the national power grid as part of negotiations when all appeals might have failed to achieve results, Mr. President (Tinubu) is the leader of ECOWAS at the moment.

“Disconnection of power supply is seen as a low-hanging fruit,” he stated.

 

Source: https://energynewsafrica.com