Nigerians are decrying the adverse effects of inconsistent power supply that has become characteristic of the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) in recent times,Daily Trust reports.

Over the past decade, Nigeria’s electricity generation, previously around 4,000 Megawatts (MW), has now plummeted to 3,500 MW. This decline is primarily attributed to the failure of electricity generation companies to settle debts owed to gas suppliers, crucial for powering their plants.

According to industry insiders, these companies owe gas suppliers over N3 trillion, while the government itself carries a debt of N1.3 trillion yet to be settled. Additionally, the dry season’s reduced rainfall has decreased water flow to hydro power plants, which contribute 27 per cent of Nigeria’s energy mix, further exacerbating the power crisis.

Small business owners are feeling the pinch, as the cost of alternative energy sources, such as fossil fuels, has risen by over 100 per cent due to subsidy removal. Many entrepreneurs, including barbers, hairdressers, welders, printers, and others, lament the detrimental impact of unreliable electricity on their operations. They are forced to scale back on purchases of perishable goods due to inadequate power to sustain their businesses.

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In various regions like Minna, the power crisis has affected sales for vendors of perishable goods like fresh tomatoes and peppers. In response to the worsening situation, citizens have been compelled to make do with minimal purchases to avoid spoilage, further straining their livelihoods.

Residents across different states, including Kwara, Benue, Kogi, and Plateau, echo similar grievances, highlighting the detrimental effects of inconsistent power on economic activities and daily life. From increased operational costs for businesses to disruptions in household routines, the power crisis has left communities grappling with numerous challenges.

Efforts to address the issue have been proposed, with calls for government intervention to hold electricity distribution companies accountable and improve infrastructure. However, until substantial action is taken to address the root causes of the power crisis, Nigerians continue to bear the brunt of unreliable electricity supply, impacting their livelihoods and overall well-being.


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