NEW aggregated poll results for the second half of the past year have revealed a decline in power supply to Nigeria households in the last quarter.
NOIPolls, the surveying firm, revealed only an average of 37 percent
reported improvement in supply, thus representing a significant nine-point decline when compared to the third quarter (Q3) of 2016 at 46 percent.
The improvement in Q3 was possibly a result of adequate water reserves in the nation’s dams within this period.
The resource is used to power the hydro generating plants such as Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba.
A view of the individual months covered in this period revealed a constant downward trend observed from the month of October to December 2016 and the month of December accounted for the lowest (27 percent) improvement in power supply in the second half of 2016.
Similarly, analysis of the monthly average cumulative hours of power supply experienced by Nigerian households nationwide for the months of August and September 2016 each stood at 10.6 hours daily, representing the highest daily cumulative hours of power supply within the six month period while the quarterly nationwide average daily cumulative power supply to Nigerian households in Q3, 2016 stood at 9,9 hours.
NOIPolls said the power insufficiency in the country was of great concern and called for immediate action to address this persistent problem.
“Nigerians are not oblivious of the tremendous efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria at salvaging the Nigerian economy, but without fixing the power sector, those efforts would be futile.”
NOIPOlls opinion survey was conducted over a period of six months (July to December 2016).
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample of 6 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country.
Source: CAJ News