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