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Majority wants government to address electricity woes

31 March 2015, 12:11Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The majority of Nigerians has cited the electricity crisis as the topmost issue the incoming government must address.

This is according to a survey a regional polling agency conducted.

Accorxing to NOIPolls, 68 percent of adult Nigerians surveyed want the government to address electricity shortages within the next 6 months.

Other issues which Nigerians want the government to address in the next six months in order of priority include Security (58 percent), Job Creation (55 percent), Roads (49 percent), Education (42 percent), Healthcare (31 percent), Agriculture/food security (29 percent), Potable Water’ (26 percent), Transportation (24 percent), and Corruption with 21 percent.

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Furthermore, ‘poor electricity supply’ has been identified as the most critical factor impeding growth of Nigerian businesses. Consequently, more than 6 in 10 Nigerians (63 percent) were of the opinion that the Federal government should be responsible for creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the country.

The poll involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of 1 500 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 2.5 percent,” NOIPOlls stated on Tuesday.

It is estimated only 40 million Nigerians, out of a population of more than 173 million, currently have access to electricity.

- CAJ News


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