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Niger Bans Liquefied Petroleum Gas Exports To Nigeria

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Niger has banned further exports of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) to its West African neigbour, Nigeria. This decisive policy shift would have far-reaching implications for the energy landscape in the region.

This move underscores Niger’s commitment to prioritizing its own energy security and has the potential to reshape the dynamics of regional energy trade.

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On 26 July 2023, a coup d’état occurred in Niger when the country’s presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum, and Presidential Guard commander General Abdourahamane Tchiani proclaimed himself the leader of a new military junta, shortly after confirming the coup a success.

Riding on the back of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nigeria soon after began to take some drastic measures with the goal of restoring democratic rule in Niger. This included disconnecting electricity and blocking food supplies among others to the West African nation.

Many could be quick to judge that Niger’s action is a retaliation process against Nigeria.

According to Reuters, Under this new directive, any excess LPG production can only be exported with a special authorization, indicating a clear intent to secure domestic supplies. This policy tweak comes as a response to the rising importance of energy self-sufficiency for the nation.

Historically, Niger has been a key supplier of LPG to its neighbor, Nigeria. However, this bold step signifies Niger’s determination to prioritize its own energy security and address local needs first, even if it means temporarily diverting from traditional trade practices.

This move is expected to have a significant impact not only on the regional energy dynamics but also on the economic relationships between the two neighboring nations.

Emmanuel Ochayi is a journalist. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, School of first choice and the nations pride. Emmanuel is keen on exploring writing angles in different areas, including Business, climate change, politics, Education, and others.


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