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Majority seeks alternative ways to beat poor power supplies

28 July 2015, 13:03

Lagos - As a direct effect of power shortage and the poor state of power supply in Nigeria, most Nigerians have adapted the use of alternative sources of power.

This is according to findings of a power poll, which suggests the average use of alternative power supply recorded at 77 percent over a 27-month period (April 2013 –June 2015). Such sources include generators and solar inverters.

The poll result revealed that second quarter (Q2) and Q4 2013 recorded the highest (81 percent each) use of alternative sources of power, while Q1, 2015 recorded the lowest at 70 percent.

“This result supports findings from the recent NOIPolls Power Tracking Report which revealed that  there has been no remarkable improvement in power supply over a 30 month period as only an average of 36,4 percent of Nigerian households saw improvement in power supply,” NOIPolls stated.

The South West Zone recorded the highest overall average (83 percent) usage of alternative sources of power, moreover this zone is the worst hit zone  in terms of actual power supply over a 30-month period.

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In addition the North-West Zone (71 percent) accounted for the lowest overall average usage of alternative sources of power over the 27-month period.

According to NOIPolls, while Nigerians continue to rely on alternative sources of power supply as measures towards sustaining household activities and livelihood, the negative effects, associated with the usage to some of these sources especially generators cannot be overlooked.

Apart from its impact on the spending patterns of Nigerian households, several reports have revealed its negative effect on the environment and most especially its hazard to Nigerians mostly cartegorised as death from generator fumes as well as noise pollution.

The Good Governance Initiative revealed that no fewer than 10 000 Nigerians have died from poisonous ‘generator’ fumes, between 2008 and 2014.

“These draw backs therefore call for urgent need for the Nigerian market to gradually shift its focus to renewable power sources even as long term strategies are developed towards reviving the entire power sector,”
NOIPolls stated.

The recent opinion poll was conducted from Q2 2013 to Q2 2015.

It 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 within a 30-month period. 

- CAJ News


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