Niger State Plans to Export Electricity to Other States, According to State Commissioner

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Yarima Lokogoma, the Commissioner of Power and Renewable Energy in Niger State, has announced the state’s intention to sell electricity to other regions within the country.

Lokogoma highlighted that with the establishment of the new Ministry of Power and Energy, the passage of the electricity supply bill, and the revitalization of the four dams in the state, Niger State is poised to experience uninterrupted power supply and subsequently offer surplus power to neighboring states.

During his inaugural interactive session with Lucky Barau, the Permanent Secretary, and senior ministry staff, Lokogoma urged the team to prepare for the upcoming challenges.

“The Ministry of Power and Energy is novel. We are fully prepared to execute the governor’s objectives for the ministry and the rationale behind its creation. Personally, I am committed to achieving a substantial and impactful transformation.”

“In terms of power provision, we are all familiar with the inconsistent electricity supply in Niger State and across Nigeria. We plan to collaborate with stakeholders to ensure a stable power supply. Our vision is for Niger State to become self-sufficient in power generation, consumption, and even surplus generation for states in need. The governor is enthusiastic about this vision, and we believe it is attainable,” explained the commissioner.

In his response, Permanent Secretary Barau emphasized that the ministry’s establishment was long overdue, with a mandate to revolutionize the power landscape at both the state and national levels.

“Niger State has a strong energy potential, and the creation of this ministry to manage power-related matters is a significant step. This has been complemented by the enactment of the 2023 Electricity Bill. This empowers Niger State to produce and sell electricity, fostering competition within the energy sector.”

“The state looks to us to introduce innovative energy solutions, ensuring the implementation of policies. It is our responsibility to foster a favorable business environment that attracts investment and private participation. We are tasked with creating a legal and institutional framework that promotes healthy competition within the industry.”

“Under the new law, the state has been granted the authority to obtain licenses for power generation, whether from hydro, solar, or other sources. Our strengths in Niger State lie in solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. These assets, including Jeba Dam, Kainji Dam, Shiroro Dam, and Zungeru Dam, fall under the purview of this ministry. Any matters related to power are within our jurisdiction. Our goal is to utilize this power, both in urban and rural areas, to drive economic growth for Niger State and the entire nation,” Barau asserted.

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