In Nigeria, about 90 million people –about 45 percent of its population, live without access to electricity.

To help address this, NRECA International and the U.S. Agency for International Development signed a Cooperative Agreement to establish and develop pilot electric cooperatives in Nigeria. This is the result of a 2019 African Development Bank-funded study which demonstrated that the electric cooperative model is viable to expand access in areas that are beyond the reach of national grid systems.

The team will work with relevant Nigerian agencies and utilities to identify and prioritize areas to form cooperatives. This project is anticipated to be completed by 2023.

Last year, NRECA International team also signed an agreement to provide management services for an urban distribution utility in the City of Aba, located in south-central Nigeria, and improve revenue recovery, lower losses and concurrently increase quality of service to its customers. The contract is with Geometric Power, a private company, and the work is anticipated to begin once COVID-related delays are resolved.


  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • African Development Bank
  • Geometric Power