“Disconnect my light and I will disconnect your head.. ” ranted Mr Ignatius – a furious and dissatisfied customer who apparently was going to have his electricity supply disconnected and who wouldn’t have none of it.
The hullabaloo following cases like this are often savage and the tensions utterly unabated, just like a woman scorned, hell is just a flicker.
In 1898 the first generating power plant was installed in Lagos. Mergers have been put in place spanning 1973. The statutory function of the authority is to develop and maintain an efficient co-ordinate and economical system of electricity supply throughout the Federation.
But somehow we have been taught to Never Expect Power At all and to Please hold a Candle Now.
As humorous as these puns may sound, it is true however that the aim of the establishment of these mergers are a far cry from the utopia we’d hoped.
In 2013, the Federal Government diversified (Again) from PHCN, (Power Holding Company of Nigeria) into separate entities called Local Electric Distribution Companies or Local Distribution Companies (LDC).
A lot of blood, sweat and tears has been put into power generation and distribution in Nigeria yet little or no progress is evident.
The power sector in my beloved country has moved from bad to worse in spite of the numerous interventions employed to savage this all important sector.
He who pays the Piper dictates the tune but surely the reverse is the case here : corporations and private individuals have often frowned upon the epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
The effects of this anomaly cannot be overemphasized :
• Reduced productivity
• Disinterest of investors both foreign and domestic
• Social-economic decadence amongst others.
There is a great lacuna in this crucial yet virtually moribund sector.
The populace has lost faith in the proficiency of the managers of this all important facet of our economy. It seems as though the constant privatization is no more than a hoax and a deliberate attempt to incur more sufferings on the lives of ordinary citizens.
Privatization of the power sector (which was supposed to be our salvation) seems no more like a hedge fund managed poorly and the heat is made to rest on the investors – citizens (Yes we invest cause we pay for services we can’t utilize).
There is however a lot of discrepancies as people are virtually coerced to pay their electrical bills without offering them what they paid for.
While it is both expedient and statutory that these companies be made to fulfill their end of the bargain by supplying adequate power at all times, proactive measures also have to be taken.
• Bring in an independent body void of political affiliation to oversee and implement changes
• A complete overhaul of the conventional modus operandi been employed for viable and sustainable power development.
• A No-Power-No-Pay Policy would go a long way to steer us in the right direction.
• A recollection and replacement of all old and/or refurbished energy equipment.
• Recruitment of world experts who are specialists in power reforms.
• Stricter laws guarding against power vandals.
We can achieve sustainable electricity in Nigeria and this is a fact and shouldn’t come as a luxury. It is not impossible to make this happen but we have got to do things differently else everything remains the same and we’ll keep going around in this dark circle.
IDEHEN MATTHEW MAX
Idehen Matthew Max is a multifaceted Writer. He completed his Computer Science Degree in Delta State. He is a singer and a freelance model.
He is an optimist and a patriot who believes that Nigeria will attain her greatness once again.
Email : Jamesbondprettyboi9@gmail.com
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