In Nigeria, demand for power outstrips supply. Power supply is not only epileptic — more than half of the population of 170 million lacks access to power.
A new power plant intended to improve supply is the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project located in three main communities in Edo state, southern Nigeria.
The three communities namely, Ihovbor, Orior-Osemwende and Idunmwonwina-Urho Nisen, all in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area, are hosts to the proposed Azura-Edo Integrated Power Project (IPP) which is intended to augment the current power supply in Nigeria. Findings show that the communities are not carried along as prior and informed consent has not been realized. Conflict points include: • Azura-Edo IP project tears communities apart in Edo state • Eviction is imminent and no compensation paid to some indigenes • Others who vacated their homes are now tenants as only 20% compensation has been paid in the last three years • The EIA document was not made available in the communities • Communities’ participation and public hearing mandatory in the EIA process has been violated • Communities would not benefit directly in improved energy access • Social and environmental impacts and mitigation plans hidden from the communities