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Up NEPA, sorry PHCN!!!!

09 August 2012, 13:34

Somehow, the cry for electricity by Nigerians seems to have started getting answers. I hear there has been increase in power supply in the past weeks.

People have taken to the social media to give thumbs up to the power minister and his people but in that happiness and excitement, the pessimism that corruption has etched in the mind of an average Nigerian still seeps through. This is because many have started saying that once the rainy season is over; we would go back to status quo with the powers that be telling us the Kainji Dam does not have enough water to generate power.

While many smile at having conserved the money for fuelling their generating sets, I moan in agony wondering when my area of abode will be remembered in this power giving frenzy even if for the period of the rainfall.

Every day, I come home hopeful that all the bulbs I see lighted all around would be powered by PHCN but imagine the heartbreak when I hear the familiar drone of the generators. I just heave a sad sigh and walk into my apartment.

I find that irrespective of how I felt the previous day, I still come home every day hopeful. Could this be a sign that there is indeed hope for a better Nigeria?

I have heard from a lot of mouths uttering the testimony of improved power supply that I cannot wave it aside as a rumour. I even saw for myself an area having power supply for complete 15 hours uninterrupted. I unconsciously had my eyes go to the clock all the time I was in that area waiting for the dreaded moment the power would go but alas! PHCN didn’t give me that ‘painful’ pleasure or disappointment as the case may be.

Even as I pray and hope that my area is remembered in this electricity give-away, I see a little ray of optimism in a nation that even children voice pessimism.

If electricity supply can improve like this in various parts of Lagos state, that means a lot of infrastructural decay in this country is fixable. Yes! Except some people just choose to ignore it.

What this increased supply of electricity has done is give us hope where it looks like there has been no hope.

Let us savour this delight throwing into the dustbin our pessimism and believing that every other sector will emulate what is being done in the power sector at present; while hoping that the power supply keeps improving.

I and I believe a great majority of people look forward to a time where we can smile when paying our electricity bills knowing we are getting value for our money.

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