Nigeria is to have improved electricity in 2047
The dream of average Nigeria enjoying uninterrupted electricity supply in the country can only be feasible in 20 years time, accordingly to inquiry into the investment projection in the sector, carried out by Ripples Nigeria with agency reports.
But a report from the GE, an international power solution, says a country with a population growth of 1.05 % population growth, like Nigeria can on attain power stability, if it develops power generation at the rate of about 4MW growth per annum.
Observers say that means that Nigeria can only achieve power stability in 15 years from 2017.
The country has about 4.2 megawatts of electricity serving a population of more than 170 million people, powering more than 20,000 factories, as at March 2017.
Further breakdown of the power capacity of the country shows that only about one third of the population can be guaranteed 5-hour average power consumption in the next five years unless there is a quantum jump in the capacity of power generation and destruction across the country.
South Africa, with a population of about 52 million people has about 52.8 MW in their national grid with a reserved of 15,999 in both private and public power generating firms.
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Egypt with a population of about 82 million has 24.6 MW, and Ghana with 25 million has 15, 5 MW of electricity as at May 2016.
Nigeria, with the largest population in African has relies mostly on hydro power – driven source for power , until 2005 when Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration took a giant step to have six gas plants in the country.
But the political undertone made the project dead on arrival. Thus, most of the plants were either partly finished or sited outside the environment with gas generation.
Experts, including , Mike Oduofia, an electrical engineer said the best could have been for government to diversify the power plants project which are sited at locations far from gas generation would have the plants, while other areas could be compensated with coal, solar or wind power plant.
“As it stands today only three of the plants have been completed, two hardly get gas because of threat to the pipeline run from the restive Niger Delta to the various site.
“Again, the conspiracy theory that some interest groups that benefit from the epileptic power situation are always at work seems to gaining grounds as no minster has been able change the situation,” the expert said.
By Citizen Kachi