Abuja - Nigeria's president is promising to have a new $3.5bn electrical grid built in four years for Africa's most populous nation.
In a statement Tuesday, President Goodluck Jonathan's office also said he would unveil a plan August 26 "for the reformation of Nigeria's power sector to the country's private sector". The statement offered no other details.
The promise by Jonathan comes to a West African nation long beset by blackouts and problems with its aging federal power grid. Everyone from large corporations to families living in one-room apartments almost entirely rely on private diesel generators to provide electricity.
The promise also comes as Nigeria's presidential election looms as soon as January.