Nigeria president appoints head of power task force

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Nigeria’s president on Monday appointed an ex-minister of science to lead a special task force responsible for transforming the OPEC member’s dilapidated power sector, considered a major hindrance to economic growth.
Barth Nnaji, a former minister of science and technology, will head the presidential task force mandated to develop a road map of ways to encourage investment and boost power supply capacity in Africa’s most populous country.
Nigeria’s power problem has become so severe that much of the nation can go without mains electricity for weeks, forcing residents to rely on private generators.
“(Nnaji) is expected to work with other members of the task force to evolve workable strategies for rapid improvement of power generation, transmission and distribution in the country,” said Ima Niboro, special adviser to the president. —Reuters

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