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Why Nigeria is Africa’s worst electricity supply nation

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Why Nigeria is Africa’s worst electricity supply nation

The global electricity supply watchdog, Spectator Index, has provided details on reasons it ranked Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude exporter, as the worst in electricity supply in the continent.

The agency had earlier released a 2017 index in which it also ranked the country as the second worst nation in power supply in the world last year.

Out of the 137 countries examined in the study, Spectator Index said in a report released on its Twitter handle, Yemen ranked as worst electricity supply nation in 2017, followed by Nigeria, Haiti, Lebanon, and Malawi, in that order.

Ethiopia occupied the 37th position, while South Africa and Algeria occupied the 41st and 45th positions respectively. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had also cast doubts on figures released by the government agencies proving improvement in power supply.

Coming more than 15 years since his government invested over $16 billion dollars in establishing independent power plants across the country, the former president declared that Nigerians are in the best place to know whether they have experienced any improvement in power supply or not.

The former president asked former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Engr. James Olotu, during investiture ceremony of new president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), in Abuja if the independent power plants in the country have been completed and whether Nigerians now had power in their homes.

“If you want to know what I have been asking him, I asked him if all the 10 NIPP have been completed but he said they are 85 per cent completed and the Power Injector Substations have been completed above average,” he said.

“Let’s hope that all the 100 per cent of them will be completed and all of them will be feeding power into our homes.

Maybe we will see the change.” Urging government to ensure that Nigerians enjoy value for their money, Obasanjo said; “Nigerians are in the best position to assess the power situation and not the figure being released by government officials.

Let’s hope that the 100 per cent of the (NIPP projects) will be completed and all of them will be feeding power into our homes. Maybe we will see the change.”

Meanwhile, the Advisory Power Team report showed that the national grid capacity stood at 4,000 Megawatts.

The report noted that the average power sent out by the Electricity Generating Companies on January 14 stood at 3, 851.06mw, down by 168.58mw recorded the previous day, adding that the peak generation averaged 4,425mw, down by 5.5 percent.

According to the report, “On January 14, 2018, average power sent out was 3,851MWh/hour (down by 169MWh/h from the previous day). 1437.9MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas.

“0MW was not generated due to unavailability of line infrastructure, while 680.5MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from the unavailability of distribution infrastructure. 290MW was not generated due to unavailability of water.

“The power sector lost an estimated N1,121,000,000 on January 14, 2018, due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure, transmission infrastructure and water reserves.”

Consequently, a total of 63.1mw of energy was sent out from Omoku thermal power plant with a constraint of 16mw.

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