Findings highlight Nigeria’s crippling power woes
According to the researchers, NOIPolls, the survey was conducted between
April 2013 and June this year.
“The implication of this indicates that individuals are relying and
spending more on alternative sources of power to ensure efficiency in the running of their homes and businesses,” surveyors stated.
More findings suggest that despite the reforms carried out in the power
sector by the government, Nigerians are still facing erratic power supply as the monthly average cumulative hours received ranged from 3.9 – 8.2 hours per day; with 17 Percent of the entire population not receiving electricity at all in the period in view.
“Nigerian households receiving such low periods (hours) of power supply in the 21st century is indicative of a deficiency in infrastructural
development that goes beyond theoretical reforms and unbundling of assets, while also emphasizing the urgent need for an entire overhaul of the sector,” NOIPolls stated.
The polling firm said as a direct effect of this poor power supply can be seen in the massive number of Nigerians (77,5 percent) who have resorted to purchasing and using alternative sources of power such as generators, inverters and solar panels for residential and business purposes.
“This has also created an additional strain on the financial burden of
these households as these alternative sources are usually more expensive
to maintain as opposed to direct power supply from DISCOs (electricity
distribution companies,” said NOIPolls.
The firm’s opinion poll involved telephone interviews of a random
nationwide sample. A total of 27 000 phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
– CAJ News
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