6 in 10 homes had be­low 5hrs elec­tric­ity daily sup­ply in Q1

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Fresh re­sults of the power sec­tor poll have shown that six in ev­ery 10 Nige­rian homes had less than five hours of daily elec­tric­ity sup­ply dur­ing the first quar­ter ended in March, 2014.

The re­sults re­leased yes­ter­day by NOIPolls Limited for the First Quar­ter of 2014 re­vealed that an aver­age of 63 per­cent of Nige­ri­ans ex­pe­ri­enced no im­prove­ment in their power sup­ply, with 43 per­cent ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a wors­ened state and 20 per­cent hav­ing no dif­fer­ence at all.

Fur­ther find­ings, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, re­vealed that an aver­age of 63 per­cent re­ceived less than 5 hours of con­tin­u­ous power sup­ply daily with the ma­jor­ity (45 per­cent) re­ceiv­ing be­tween 1-4 hours of con­tin­u­ous power daily and 18 per­cent re­ceiv­ing zero (0) hours of power sup­ply.

The con­se­quence of this is the in­creas­ing rate of al­ter­na­tive power source us­age which ac­cord­ing to the polls has led to an aver­age of 79 per­cent of Nige­ri­ans us­ing them to aug­ment their power sup­ply.

The sur­veyed group with a ma­jor­ity of 72 per­cent re­ported an in­crease in their spend­ing on these al­ter­na­tive sources, just as there was an ob­served de­cline of power sup­ply to house­holds over the quar­ter as those that ex­pe­ri­enced any im­prove­ment in their power sup­ply fell from 44% in Jan­uary to 37% in March 2014.

PHOTO: GOD­SWILL AYE­MOBA

From left: Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor (Op­er­a­tions), Nigeria Elec­tric­ity Li­a­bil­ity Man­age­ment Limited (NELMCO), Chine­dum Orisakwe, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, (NELMCO) Sam Ag­bo­gun and Head Le­gal, Og­bonna Ugochukwu dur­ing a press brief­ing in Abuja, yes­ter­day.

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