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Majority sees no improvement in power supply

07 April 2015, 17:08Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The majority of Nigerians has seen no improvement in the power supply to their households over the past two years.

This is according to findings by a regional poling agency, which suggested 62,6 percent of Nigerian households saw no improvement, leaving only 37.4 percent who said they saw some improvement.

This, according to NOIPolls, implied that for a period of two years of monitoring trends in the power sector, there has been no remarkable improvement in power supply, as the larger proportion of Nigerians did not see any improvement in power supply to their households.

In line with this finding, the South-West region had the highest average proportion (67 percent) and the South-East region had the lowest average proportion (56 percent) of respondents who saw no improvement in power supply to their households.
More findings revealed that over the same period, Nigerian households received an average daily cumulative power supply of between 5.4 – 7.1 hours per day.

“These findings highlight the existence of certain inherent issues in the nation’s power generation, transmission and distribution value chain,” NOIPolls stated.

Also Read:Majority wants government to address electricity woes

As a result, the direct effect of these issues can generally be seen in the widespread purchase and use of alternative sources of power such as generators, inverters, and solar installations by a high percentage of Nigerians (average of 77,5 percent), the agency said.

The opinion poll was conducted between January 2013 to March 2015.

It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample involving
27 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.

“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 percent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise - within a range of plus or minus 1 percent,” stated NOIPolls.

The power sector in Nigeria has been beset with numerous challenges manifesting in poor power supply to the final consumer.

Since the privatization of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria Plc.

(PHCN) in 2013, Nigeria’s electricity generation capacity has declined from the peak generation of about 4,517.6 megawatts (MW) in December 2012 to about 3,670 MW in January 2014.

- CAJ News


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