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Despite the shortage of electricity supply in the country, the national government is negotiating with the Republic of Chad to begin supplying power to the north-central African country soon. Emmanuel Addeh writes in ThisDay, that a meeting was recently held between the Nigerian team and Chad Energy Minister Ramatou Houtouin. Nigeria has its own share of electricity woes and this is impacting heavily on the economy and small business growth. The government’s recent decision to hike electricity prices was not well received and led to several protests. A few months ago, the Chadian ambassador to Nigeria, Abakar Chachaimi, asked that his country be connected to Nigeria’s electricity grid. This he said, would “further enhance the historical and economic collaborations between both countries”. If the agreement is eventually reached, Chad will join a number of countries that depend partly on Nigeria for their electricity needs.

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