Business Are Electricity Tariffs in Nigeria Really the Lowest in Africa? - AfricaCheck


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When the Nigerian newspaper Vanguard recently ran a report headlined, “Power supply: Nigeria electricity tariff, lowest in Africa,” an Africa Check reader asked us to look into the claim.

The snappy headline diverged slightly from the content of the story which stated that, despite recent hikes, Nigeria still has “one of the lowest electricity tariffs in Africa”. The story quoted an analyst claiming that: “countries like Liberia, Bukina Faso, Senegal, Mali, among others, have higher electricity tariffs than Nigeria”.

So does Nigeria have the lowest or “one of the lowest” electricity tariffs in Africa? And is it useful to compare electricity tariffs across Africa?

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