The governments of Benin and Togo have pleaded for an increase the amount of electricity which their countries receive from Nigeria, specifically requesting that Nigerian electricity supply industry increase the amount of power sent to them from 200 megawatts to 300MW.
Speaking through the Community Electric du Benin, the countries called on the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to wade into the matter.
However, the NERC made it clear to them that they would pay stipulated commercial rates for the power from Nigeria.
The CEB is an international organisation co-owned by the governments of Benin and Togo and is in charge of developing electricity infrastructure in both countries, which are strongly dependent on energy imports from Ghana and Nigeria.
NERC said in a statement that it told the four-man delegation from the CEB that the governments of Benin and Togo should be ready to pay commercial rates for electricity supplied to them by Nigeria.
Speaking with the CEB team, the Transmission Service Provider and Independent System Operator for the Republics of Togo and Benin, the NERC Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi, was quoted as saying, “The ongoing reform in the Nigeria electricity industry will not jeopardise international relations and strategic interests of Nigeria.”