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Millions of pounds of UK aid money has been used to support the privatisation of Nigeria’s electricity system. It’s been a disaster: users have seen major price rises, over 10,000 workers have lost their jobs and the power supply has got worse not better.
Soon the Department for International Development will be taking a decision on whether to allocate more of our aid budget to support the project.
Research shows that democratically controlled energy systems such as energy co-operatives and municipal-run grids could be much more effective in meeting people’s energy needs in a sustainable way.