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Ultimately, only the transmission platform will be held in trust by the government. Until then, Nigeria's environment will continue to take a beating. Because of power outages, most families, in both urban and rural areas, use firewood as fuel for cooking. Swaths of forests are being hacked down daily to meet this need. And millions of diesel generators only add to the environmental burden. "Even the architecture of premises and houses is designed around
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La Plante 3 generating sets," says Uma Obasi, a logistics expert with British American Tobacco in Lagos. "The din from these plants is literally driving people crazy." Ashley La Plante AP Comparative Pol. Nigeria Article 12.15.07 Source: Fortune Magazine via CNN.com Summary: On bad days in Nigeria, like the first week in November, the gas supply lines are sabotaged and the plant shuts down altogether. For large parts of the day, Lagos is without power; after 8 P.M., darkness reigns. At best “Nigeria generates 4,000 megawatts of electricity for its 140 million people, one-tenth of what South Africa produces for a population one-third as large”. Most businesses in Nigeria generate their own electricity and use the national grid as a backup. Foreign investors are told to “BYOI - bring your own infrastructure”. Olusegun Obasanjo, who became President after the military regime, spent $8.5 billion repairing and building power stations, but the output has not increased significantly. The World Bank estimates that the country is losing about $600 million a year because of inadequate supplies of electricity. Nigeria's new President, Umaru Yar'Adua, has called the power situation "abysmal," saying it has stunted the country's economic growth. There is one problem: getting gas to the plants from the Niger delta, where rebels regularly vandalize pipelines. Corruption also runs rampant, and consumers, who see no need to pay their energy bills, owe billions of dollars to the state-owned Power Holding Corp. of Nigeria. The government wants to privatize the company and is taking bids for power-generating plants from 400 local and foreign investors.
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