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Business can’t survive in Nigeria without generators, says Adesina

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President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina has faulted the lack of reliable power supply as an obstacle to Nigeria’s industrial growth.

He said this on Tuesday at the 49th annual general meeting of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria in Abuja.

Adesina stated that Nigerians spend $14 billion yearly on generators and fuel. He also quoted a report by the International Monetary Fund which stated that Nigeria loses $29 billion annually, about 5.8 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product due to a lack of reliable power supply.

He said, “Today, no business can survive in Nigeria without generators. Consequently, the abnormal has become normal,” Adesina said.

“Traveling on a road one day in Lagos, I saw an advertisement on a billboard which caught my attention. It was advertising generators, with the bold statement “we are the nation’s number one reliable power supplier!”

The former minister of Agriculture also noted the various challenges affecting manufacturing in the country stating that reliable power supply is a major challenge.

“To be a manufacturer in Nigeria is not an easy business. You succeed not because of the ease of doing business, but by surmounting several constraints that limit industrial manufacturing,” he said.

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