A new power poll released by NOIPolls Nigeria for the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019 has revealed that power supply to Nigerian households experienced a marginal increase to stand at 37 per cent in Q4 from 36 per cent obtained in Q3, 2019.
Quarterly trend analysis of power supply in 2019 shows that the highest improvement in power supply was in Q1 and Q4, 2019, while the lowest supply occurred in Q2, 2019 as expressed by Nigerians interviewed.
Also, a monthly trend analysis of power supply in 2019 revealed that the month of January 2019 had the highest power supply while the lowest power supply was experienced in April 2019 as indicated by 46 per cent and 28 percent of Nigerians respectively.
It is also worthy to note that the current transmission capacity and network operational capacity are 7,000 Mega Watts (MW) and 5,500 MW respectively. However, the peak generation ever attained in Nigeria in 2019 is 5,222.3 MW.
Further findings revealed that the highest average cumulative hours of power supply were recorded in the month of January 2019 which stood at 10.2 hours per day whereas, the month of April experienced the lowest in terms of average cumulative hours of power supply (9.0 hours per day) in 2019.
This cumulative hourly average recorded in January 2019 is inadequate when compared to an ideal 24 hours of power supply which is required for the overall progress and development of the country and its citizenry.
Therefore, to drastically improve on the status quo on the electricity sector, experts in this sector needs to identify more efficient means of electricity generation. For instance, the use of embedded generation will help eliminate the long distance the power travel to get to the end user and will ultimately improve supply of electricity.
It is therefore advised that Government and stakeholders in the power sector synergies to provide adequate power supply. This is important because the decline in power supply will continue to hamper economic activities, especially of businesses whose operations depend majorly on power supply.