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Inconsistency undermines Nigerians' access to power

14 March 2016, 21:35Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Government appears to be making strides in the provision of electricity but inconsistent supply still is an issue among the majority.

This is according to new survey findings from Afrobarometer, suggesting more Africans live within reach of an electric grid than a decade ago, only four in ten enjoy a reliable power supply.

Of those connected, two-thirds (69 percent) enjoy a reliable power supply, while about one-third of connections work “about half the time” (9 percent), occasionally (14 percent), or “never” (8 percent).

Also read: Troubled electricity workers picket IKEDC

“In a striking example, 96 percent of Nigerians are connected, but only 18 percent of those connections work ‘most of the time’ or ‘always.’,”

Afrobarometer stated.

Afrobarometer is a pan-African, non-partisan research network that conducts public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, economic conditions, and related issues across more than 30 countries in Africa.

Based on nearly 54 000 interviews in 36 African countries in 2014/2015, Afrobarometer’s report concludes that more than a century after the invention of the light bulb, a majority of Africans are still in the dark, either intermittently or constantly. 

- CAJ News


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