The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday passed the Electricity Bill 2022 to allow states and individuals to generate and distribute electricity in different states of the country.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Senator Gabriel Suswam in his presentation after the plenary.
According to Suswam, the bill will help policy and regulatory measures to improve power generation, transmission and distribution capabilities of the sector.
“Since electricity is on the concurrent list in the constitution, the bill has allowed state governments to license people who intend to operate mini-grids within the states,” he said.
“The bill also gives legal backing to renewable energy. If you decide to generate one megawatt of power using solar as an energy source, that is also provided for.
“That is the only way the power problem would be solved. The space is now open; there is little restriction as to who can generate power and distribute it.
“What is obtainable now is that any power that is generated must be put on the national grid for transmission and distribution.”
The Senate President, assured of a quick passage by the House of Representatives followed by assent by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lawan said, “We believe that this piece of legislation can change the fortunes of the electricity industry in Nigeria for the better.”