Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN)
Policy measure

According to ECN (2011), the Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) adopted a declaration in 1982 that each member state should establish an Energy Commission, which is responsible for the coordination and supervision of all energy functions and activities within the state. Based on this background, the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) was established in 1988 with the mandate for the strategic planning and coordination of national energy policies.


The ECN is the main government body for the formulation of energy planning frameworks on the one hand, and in charge of monitoring and evaluating their implementation, on the other. The ECN prepares “periodic master plans for balanced and coordinated development of energy in Nigeria after consultation with agencies of Government whose functions are related to the field of energy development and supply”. (ECN, 2011)

It also “inspects, monitors and coordinates the performance of the energy sector, making sure that the National Energy Policy is complied with. It serves as the centre for solving any inter-related technical problems that may arise in the implementation of any policy relating to the field of energy”. The Commission also acts as an adviser to all levels of government on the funding of energy research, development, production and distribution and  also functions as the national centre for collecting, analysing and disseminating information related  to energy. Finally, “it is responsible for the development and maintenance of the National Energy Databank”. (ECN, 2011)

No identified challenges.

ECN (2011) describes its outcomes as:

  • Promotion of efficient consumption usage of energy.

  • Formulation and subsequent government approval of the National Energy Policy.

  • Design of projects and programmes to “meet short, medium and long-term development objectives with particular attention paid to priority issues and options to be addressed in the diversification of energy resource base and the provision of clean, reliable and affordable energy for sustainable development”.


ECN (Energy Commission of Nigeria), 2011. The Energy Commission of Nigeria. Available at: