LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE majority of Nigerian households have experienced tremendous improvement in power supply over the third quarter of the year.
This according to poll results suggesting about 64 percent of Nigerian homes recorded a marked improvement between July and September.
According to NOIPolls, this value represents a huge increase by 37-points in this category of Nigerian households from Q2 2015 (second quarter 2015) where only 27 percent of households saw improvement.
“This surge in power supply is likely connected to the recent general improvement in power generation, even as a historic increase in peak capacity generation to 4800 Megawatts was recorded within this period,” the polling agency stated.
Further analysis revealed that the power sector over this period recorded steady improvement in power supply, with an all-time high experienced in September 2015 (69 percent), the firm said.
Analysis of quarterly trends by geo-political zones over a 33-month period revealed that in Q3 2015 a larger proportion of Nigerian households across geo-political zones experienced significant improvement in power supply when compared to Q2 2015.
The highest improvement was recorded in the North-Central region (70 percent) and lowest was recorded by the South-South region (47 percent).
Finally, while power supply has significantly improved nationwide, it is imperative that the recent increase in peak capacity generation be sustained and improved upon with consideration given to annual population growth rate and energy demand projections.
In addition, energy conservation technologies should be explored so as to augment energy deficits when there is a drop in power generation.
The opinion poll was conducted from Q1 2013 to Q3 2015. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of 33 000 phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The challenges preventing the Nigerian power sector from meeting the energy demand of its population are enormous, ranging from poor maintenance of generating plants, receding water levels at hydroelectric power stations and poor supply of gas to turbines.
– CAJ News