Wasteful Nigerians and their insatiable appetite for Electricity.

ByOMA |23-01-2018 | Business |  

Conservation of power is key to sustain and increase electricity generation and distribution.


Before I proceed with sharing my opinion, I would like to sample what other people think about the overall general Electricity situation in the country.

Where I stay, since december last year electricity has been 23 hours daily everyday till this day and I am wondering if the power situation had improved that much.

I shared this with some random persons I meet online and the person was of opinion that it is because I stay in a piority location.

Be that as it may, I believe electricity situation in the country has improved generally and you cant take that dint of hardwork away from the Minister in charge of Power and his boss the president that asigned him that ministry.

I mean, electricity generating capacity today is about and around 7,000 megawatts unlike the 4,000 that was available in the Jonathan days.

the drive and political will is there. We are seeing works on going at the Mambilla and all other sorts of tact being implored to increase and sustain electricity supply.

The essence of this thread is not to shower encomiums on the present APC government in that regards, that would be left for a later day. However I have been baffled by my recent findings.

In the last two months I have had reasons to visit 2 neighboring West African countries. Benin Republic and Niger Republic.

My findings were Amazing. First and foremost was the constant supply of electricity. in Cotonue Benin repulic and in Maradi Niger republic, their electricity is constant K and it never blinks. What I found amazing wasnt the fact that electricity was constant but indigenous people of both coutries alluded to the fact they knew we had power shortages in our country Nigeria while both their countries were supplied constant electricity from Nigeria.

Simply put. Nigeria powers Niger Republic and Republic of Benin with constant electricity while there are deficiencies and shortages and atimes total power outage in Nigeria. That was really ironical if you sort my opinion.

well, those were what I was told and as amazing as they were, what I was told didnt amuse me as much as what I saw first hand for myself.

Considering their constant availability of power atleast in the places I visited, one would think their use of it would be excessive but rather it was the other way round.

In the suburbia neighborhood where I stayed in Niger, People had this very modest approach to life and nothing too ostentatious, on a whole street laden with various houses, you would hadly find any house with a source of electricity or light outside, what in Nigeria we would term "Security light" let alone leave it on at day time. If you were walking down a street where people reside in Chadwua Niger republic at say around 7pm at night, what you would think was that it was a remote village with no access whatsoever to electricity, but when you get into a compound of abode in their rooms, you find electricity and even at that, people are contious of the type of electrical appliances they used and what quantity they used per time. they regulated and controlled their use of electricity that they may pay less.

for example, in say 6 bulbs over all In a house, at nights mainly, only 2 were switched on and not like other 4 werent working in other parts of the house.

so, in essence what picture am I trying to paint? A picture of people that Conserve Electricity.

people that have more electricity use lower amount of electricity productively and we that have lesser electricity supply use more wastefully..

People must begin to realise that sustainable electricity begins with them

switch off bulb you arent using. use those L.E.D bulbs, they consume less. when your refrigerators are frozen, switch them off. It would take hours to defrost, only then again you can switch them on.

There is a way you could have electricity supply in your house and your consumption of it is next to zero which then begs the issue of "Pre-Paid Metering".

You see, there is a psychology behind metering. Because you believe you have a guage running, you want to always beat the meters or extend the time differetials inbetween payments for what you have consumed.

What this write up seeks to bring to bare is this. before all of the measures of boosting electric supply in the country yields significant rate of success every household or coporate organisation must be metered.

People should pay only based on consumption.

Issues of estimated billing systems gives room for a lot of fraud and corruption.

In Nigeria, because there are no metering systems in place you see houses that use more than their capacity pay less while houses that use less than their capacity pays more.

Estimated billing can never capture true usuage.

To me generating more power without Metering is like fetching water in a basket.

I should have thought that Pre-paid meters were to be made mandatory and at no cost next to free, but what do we have, a case of hoarding and black market selling to highest bidder.

For us to Achieve success in our over all power situation in the country, we might have to take a look and borrow a leap from our fellow West-African countries of Niger Republic and Benin Republic by proper metering to monitor consumption right from the grassroot.

Metering goes a very long way in helping to conserve power.

In conclusion, I would close with this Peter Drucker quote which says and I quote

"You can not manage what you do not measure"... Peter Drucker.