Nigeria cannot sustain steady power supply because of low tariff - Society of Engineers

Nigeria cannot sustain steady power supply because of low tariff - Society of Engineers

- Nigeria's electricity generation is getting low annually, according to the Nigerian Society of Engineers

- The NSE also said the country's tariff was too low as electricity companies were also in it for business

- According to the group, outdated power sector policies cannot deliver the quantum of electricity Nigerian consumers need at the moment

The Nigerian Society of Engineers has stated that the reason the country is not enjoying steady power supply is due to the low tariff being paid by consumers.

Vanguard reports that this statement was made by the president of the NSE, Adekunle Mokuolu, on Wednesday, April 24.

He said: “Power distribution companies have to undertake estimated billing of customers in order to raise revenue to keep them afloat.

Standards in this country are bastardised so the distribution companies are using that to break even because the overhead cost for the production and distribution of electricity is very high while the tariff is very low so the distribution companies which deal directly with the consumers have to rely on estimated billing to increase their revenue."

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He noted that electricity production and distribution companies are involved in business and not humanitarian services and that reviews of laws have to be made in this regard.

Mokuolu said: “The challenge with power sector in Nigeria is not principally with the engineers but the problem is on how we manage the various components that make up the sector like the finance, policy, management and infrastructure and what we intend to do is begin a dialogue with stakeholders to review and update the power sector policies.”

The NSE president stated that what Nigerians want is clean electricity supply and are willing to pay for it but the outdated power sector policies cannot deliver the quantum of electricity Nigerian consumers need at the moment.

Engineer Otis Anyaeji who also spoke at the programme said the country’s power generation was low compared to other countries and that it has continue to fall yearly.

He said: “In 1999, we had 1,975 megawatts power produced and this rose to 6,000 in 2012 and by 2014 we had 7,000 megawatts but today what is being produced is just 4,000 megawatts and when you compare that to South Africa which produces 52.08 megawatts with a population of 67. 72 million and Egypt 42 megawatts you will agree that Nigeria with a population of 190 million is not where near the expected target.

“Federal Government in addition to Order Five, should promulgate an act which directs all companies supplying electricity facilities to establish production lines in Nigeria and that policy part from creating employment with ensure quality assurance for power infrastructure.”

Meanwhile, a 10-year jail term without an option of fine has been recommended by the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy for anyone found guilty to have conspired, counseled or accepted to procure or to hold in custody, stolen parts, components or pieces of public power equipment.

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The committee, chaired by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia South), stated that the power equipment include electric cable, transformer, high tension wire, power console, electrical insulators, among others, Vanguard reports.

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