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Power Supply: DISCOS Provide Consumers Average Of 5hrs Daily —Report

phcn_repairsThe average daily cumulative power supply to consumers nationwide in the second quarter of 2015 stood at 4.9 hours, according to a new report by NOIPolls Ltd.

The report revealed that the average cumulative power supply received by Nigerian households within a 27-month period from April, 2013 to June, 2015 was below six hours per day.
By implication, individuals were spending more money on alternative sources of power such as the ubiquitous noisy generators, inverters and solar panels to ensure lighting up their homes and businesses.
It explained, “Despite the attempted reforms of the power sector by the Federal Government, Nigeria has not been able to generate more than 4,500 megawatts of electricity for over 170 million people.”
Other findings revealed that from the second quarter of 2013 to that of 2015, majority of Nigerian households received one to four hours of cumulative power supply, a proportion which was highest in Q2 2014 (47 percent) and lowest in the third quarter of 2014 (29 percent).
“An average of 17 percent of Nigerian households did not receive any electricity from DISCOS, but this proportion of Nigerians witnessed an all-time high of 21 percent in Q4 of 2014, quickly followed by the Q3 of 2014, with 20 percent,” it added.
The results further showed that the highest average daily cumulative power supply Nigerian households received within the same period under review was 8.2 hours per day.
“In addition, a comparison of Q2 2013, Q2 2014 and Q2 2015 shows a visible regressive trend as daily cumulative hours of power supply dropped from 6.4 to 5.7 and to 3.9 respectively, despite the billions of naira invested in resuscitating the sector,” said NOIPolls.
Moreover, the number of respondents who received 19 to 24 hours of light had remained almost the same, going from five percent in Q2 2013 to eight percent in Q3 2014 and back to five percent in Q2 2015.”
Even in the face of the ongoing reforms in the power sector, it said, Nigerians were still suffering from major blackouts all over the nation as daily cumulative direct power supply kept dropping.
“The average cumulative hours of power supply to Nigerians amounted to 4.9 hours in Q2 2015; this figure represents the lowest quarterly average cumulative hours of power supply received by Nigerians,” it said.
On the other hand, the highest average cumulative hours of power supply between Q2 2013 to Q2 2015 was recorded at 7.1 hours.
A direct effect of the poor power supply could be seen in the massive number of Nigerians (77.5 percent) who had resorted to purchasing and using alternative sources of power for residential and business purposes.
“This has also created an additional strain on the finances of households as these alternative sources are usually more expensive to maintain as opposed to direct power supply from DISCOS.”
Moreover, findings from previous NOIPolls power reports have shown that Nigerians spend between N3,302 – N3,726 on mains electricity supply compared to between N7,866 – N12,351 in running alternative sources of power supply within a 15-month period from (April 2014 to June 2015), according to the latest report.

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