Nigerian Electricity Crisis Explained | Legit TV


75 million out of the 186 million population says the 2017 World Bank report Nigeria is to add 212 million people to the
urban population between 2014 and 2050 Unless we find a lasting solution, they are
going to live in the dark Not to mention a word about economic development How did we get here? Power generation companies have huge debts
owed to gas producers and suppliers It is being fuelled by the absence of fair
price for electricity In 2014 the government allowed private sector
players to engage in power generation and distribution But this didn’t solve the problem As the government didn’t substantially increase
the tariff as promised to the producers The cost of power generation is still much
higher than the price of delivery to the end user Add the poor state of Nigeria’s power infrastructure
and market And the outraging level of corruption on the
highest levels …and vandalism Every increase in the tariffs is met by
a wave of protests among Nigerians who simply can’t afford it. The situation evidently needs innovative solution Power minister Babatunde Fashola admits Adding that 4 years after the 2014 privatization
is a transition period to make the system efficient. However, the government is not yet taking
seriously renewable energy sources And still focuses on the administrative issues
instead of using the country’s potential Renewable energy sources that can make a difference Solar thermal power potential in Nigeria is
estimated at over 427,000MW Present levels of power generation are around
5000MW Electricity from waste
Private companies have been holding discussions with key govt agencies To convert waste into power It is estimated that Nigeria generates about
32 million tonnes of municipal solid waste per year And only 20-30% get collected Implementing a sufficient waste management
system through a waste-to-energy facility would be
beneficial on both levels In 2015, waste-to-energy plants across the
US burned 29 million tonnes of waste And generated about 14 million MW hours of
electricity in the process. Only Lagos generates 13,000 tonnes of garbage
a day, or 4,745,000 tonnes per year of which 50% (2,372,000 tonnes) is organic
waste that can be used for power generation Efficient use of organic garbage can make
Lagos self-sufficient, experts say Evidently, it’s impossible to solve the
crisis fast But is it widely considered that renewable
energy plants is the long-lasting solution that needs to be invested in now So that Nigerians can eventually start having
access to reasonable power supply.

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