On a “Lighter” Note: Has Electricity Supply Improved in Your Home?

There are indications that the rate of electricity supply across the country has improved remarkably. However, some still insist that they still do not see any light. Of course, the government has not hesitated to come out and claim that it is making progress in the power sector. The honorable Minister for Power has said that power generation hit a record 4237MW as at 6th of August, and promised further that power generation will hit 9000MW by December!

Sounds great. It has been long due. Nigerians can’t wait. Meanwhile, the faceoff between the government and staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) continues, with military men taking over the PHCN headquarters. Could this be in anyway linked with the stable supply of electricity? Or is it that Nature in its benevolence has smiled on us with the heavy downpours which have left our dams overflowing?

As some will recall, the Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, once blamed the poor rate of electricity supply across the country on low water level in the dams supplying water to the three hydro power stations at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro. He had also assured Nigerians that electricity supply will improve as soon as the water level in these dams rise. One might want to ask still that: is this the first year that the country will be experiencing heavy downpour resulting in the overflowing of the dams?

From whatever angle we choose to look at the issue, the most important thing is that a lot of Nigerians are acknowledging the increase in electricity supply in their homes in recent times. Or is it not the same story in your neighborhood?

26 Comments

  • Is it a coincidence that @ the tym d federal government proposes to hand over power holding to d private sector, PHCN now increase electricity supply to claim dat there is no need of change electricity is getting better? Well I tell you, for the past 3 weeks in my area power supply has been wonderful!

  • Is it a coincidence that @ the tym d federal government proposes to hand over power holding to d private sector, PHCN now increase electricity supply to claim dat there is no need of change electricity is getting better? Then something is fishing! Well I tell you, for the past 3 weeks in my area power supply has been wonderful!

  • Is it a coincidence that @ the tym d federal government proposes to hand over power holding to d private sector, PHCN now increase electricity supply to claim dat there is no need of change electricity is getting better? Then something is fishing! Well I tell you, for the past 3 weeks in my area power supply has been wonderful! We av it for at least 18 good hours daily. Sometimes over 48hrs!!!

  • Honestly yes! Although my July bill shows about 100% increment compared to June’s.This doesn’t matter as long as d situation keeps improving & I spend less on fuel for d generator.BRAVO,d Govt is getting it right.

  • Highly surprised @ hw constant d power supply is. For d past one week or more, I never use my generator. I pray dey never change their mind. God bless Nigeria!

  • If u want to assess increase in power supply, wait till after raining season. Please stop deceiving Nigerians. No increase in megawatts yet, FG and power minister are just playin politics with PHCN and privertisation exercise

  • Yes, there is great improvement in my area. We had uninterrupted power supply for close to a week and 4 a month we‘ve not use generators cos the interruptions are not up to 30 mins. Up Naija!!!

  • Hw mny tyms Nigeria wld privatz powr sector? Yet, no postv result. “We r too old(Nigerians) to b young” mr powr ministr! Really we need a worthy messiah In ds prevailn issue.

  • Choi!!! Light has really really improved jare! I enjoy up to 21hours of ligt a day in my area. Infact I am beginning to feel like I’m in London. GEJ has tried for this one jare

  • No meaningful difference around me both in IFO&OTA Ogun state,the worst @ TARMAC ROAD SANGO is that each house is under compellation to pay 30,000 naira for transformer,i equally use this medium to query the monthly FIXED CHARGES on every home in Nigeria by PHCN.I wish the minister & phcn should come out openly to defend this cheating on NIEGERIANS

  • It has not improved here at all. OGBA-ADEDOYIN STREET in lagos. You can verify. Saturday and Sunday we had light, if it followed the usual pattern, there will be no light till Saturday again! Is that what we call improvement? Let’s call a spade a spade, people are only busy gathering the shoes they didn’t have while they were children. MAY GOD SAVE US. My EGBON the SAP to the President could recal that even at their AGBON-MAGBE kingdom, in our Childhood days and the AGBON-MAGBE Bank, no one needed a Generator for electricity.

  • Its really bn wonderful. It has never bn this better. Dear Minister, dont rest on your oars, we appreciate u and GEJ. May GOD give u wisdom and understanding to shame the doubting Thomases. It well with us.

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