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Sustainability 2016, 8(8), 829; doi:10.3390/su8080829

The Role of Policy Makers and Institutions in the Energy Sector: The Case of Energy Infrastructure Governance in Nigeria

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Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge CB1 1PT, UK
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Information Systems Academy, Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria
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Received: 3 May 2016 / Revised: 11 August 2016 / Accepted: 12 August 2016 / Published: 22 August 2016
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Abstract

This paper focuses on investigating the linkages and consequences of the policy decision process in the governance of energy infrastructure in Nigeria. It attempts to gain a better understanding of the role of policy makers and institutions in the provision of energy infrastructure in Nigeria. Using a combination of semi-structured interviews and documentary evidences from published literature, this study reveals three essential areas where the policy-making processes (and therefore policy makers) intervene in the provision of energy infrastructure. These are: (1) granting access to historical data; (2) regulations; and (3) permitting/issuance of licenses. This study also reveals three major unintended consequences of the policy decision processes and institutions in the governance of energy infrastructure provisions in Nigeria, which are: (1) government financing corruption in the energy sector; (2) economic delusion; and (3) uncontrolled growth in energy demand driven more by export and not local internal demand. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy economics; energy governance; public policy; developing countries; Nigeria; sustainable energy energy economics; energy governance; public policy; developing countries; Nigeria; sustainable energy
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Edomah, N.; Foulds, C.; Jones, A. The Role of Policy Makers and Institutions in the Energy Sector: The Case of Energy Infrastructure Governance in Nigeria. Sustainability 2016, 8, 829.

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