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Hurray! States can now generate, transmit electricity, develop railway as Buhari signs bills

The Federal Government has taken a huge step in the journey to true federalism after President Muhammadu Buhari signed into law the constitutional amendment allowing states in the country to licence, generate, transmit, and distribute electricity.

The power sector had been groaning under the yoke of the disturbing legal framework that allowed electricity to be in the exclusive list in the Nigerian Constitution with states willing to invest in the sector unable to do so because their hands are tied by the law

However, a presidential media spokesperson, Tolu Ogunlesi, on Friday said in a tweet that Buhari has has signed 16 Constitution Amendment Bills into Law including the one on electricity and railway.

He tweeted, “ President #MBuhari has signed 16 Constitution Amendment Bills into Law. By this signing, State Houses of Assembly & Judiciaries now have constitutionally guaranteed financial independence, while Railways have moved from Exclusive Legislative List to the Concurrent List.

“Another landmark change: By virtue of the Presidential Assent, Nigerian States can NOW generate, transmit and distribute electricity in areas covered by the national grid. Wasn’t allowed pre-amendment. This is genuine, realistic restructuring — through the Constitution.”


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