Nigeria is the largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa, but limitations in the power sector constrain growth. Nigeria is endowed with large oil, gas, hydro and solar resource, and it already has the potential to generate 12,522 megawatts (MW) of electric power from existing plants, but most days is only able to generate around 4,000 MW, which is insufficient for population of 180 million
Not only does Nigeria lag massively behind the African average (shocking when you consider that Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy by GDP) our grid capacity per capita rounds, on a one decimal point basis, to zero.
In fact, the average Nigerian, who uses 136KWH per year, consumes just 3 percent of the power of the average South African, 5 percent of the average Chinese citizen and, under a quarter of the average Indian. We have an installed capacity that is a fraction of the per capita mean of the other “BRICS” and “MINT” countries that Nigeria loves to compare itself to.
In Nigeria only one in four have access to the grid, and of those that do only a small minority have supplies of electricity for more than a few hours a day
Reliable and efficient access to energy is an indispensable ingredient for sustained economic growth.
Energy scarcity affects the daily lives of citizens in different ways. If power is not provided, food cannot be refrigerated, the storage of medicines is affected and running water is not available. Furthermore, people are forced to use fuels to power their generators, which increases environmental pollution and health risks that could lead to death.
How to tackle this menace in Nigeria?
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