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The history of electricity development in Nigeria can be traced back to the end of the 19th century when the first generating power plant was installed in Lagos in 1898. From then until 1950, the pattern of electricity development was in the form of individual electricity power undertaking scattered all over the towns. Some of the few undertaking were Federal Government bodies under the Public Works Dept, some by the Native Authorities and others by the Municipal Authorities.

Major Phases of electricity development in Nigeria:

  1. Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN)
  2. National Electric Power Authority (NEPA)
  3. Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)
  4. Local Distribution Companies (LDC). Aka  DISCO

  • Abuja Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Benin Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Eko Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Enugu Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Jos Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Kano Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company plc
  • Yola Electricity Distribution Company plc

Electricity in Nigeria is Largely Generated by these six companies:

  • Afam Power plc
  • Egbin Power plc
  • Kainji Hydro-Electric plc
  • Sapele Power plc
  • Shiroro Hydro-Electric plc
  • Ughelli Power plc

And the entire transmission is handle by :
Transmission Company of Nigeria


for more information on electrity in Nigeria, visit The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

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