Global Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
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ISSN: 2319-8834

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Politics of Hydroelectric Power Development in Nigeria: A Case Study of the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Project

E. D. Oruonye

Despite Nigeria’s huge endowment of hydro electric power potential, the country’s present electricity supply is very disappointing. The Mambilla hydro electric power (HEP) project initiated 30years ago was supposed to change the story of energy supply in the country. Unfortunately the Mambilla HEP which is seen as the largest of its kind in the whole Africa is full of controversies. This paper examines the politics and controversies surrounding the Mambilla HEP project. Secondary desk review data was used in this study. Findings of the study show how power play and political interest have stalled the Mambilla HEP project. It also reveals the level of corruption that has characterized the project. The findings show that with recent economic down turn following decline in fuel prices and change in administration, the project may not be completed before year 2020. The study also raised some fundamental questions begging for answers. The study recommends the need for more proactive measures by the new administration if the project will see the light of the day.