Few months ago, the mood of Nigerians was brightened up, and some new hope followed. According to issues reported by premium times, President Muhammadu Buhari had just announced a new plan with German tech giant Siemens AG to rectify the problem of electricity supply in the country where about half of the population lacks its efficient usage and majority are accustomed to blackouts, despite investing trillions of naira in sufficient energy potential.
The German company designed a plan which has three phases, ultimately targeting 25,000 megawatts (MW) of operational capacity long term from 7,000 MW and 11,000 to be achieved by 2021 and 2023, respectively, through the first two phases. The ultimate target is in correspondence with the country’s current peak demand of nearly 26,000 MW.
According to the System Operator, Nigeria’s installed electricity generation capacity is 12,910 MW, less than 8,000 MW is available and less than 4,000 MW reaches the final consumers on average, just one-third of what Singapore delivers to 5.6 million people. This operational imbalance is a result of infrastructural bottlenecks between the transmission and distribution services within the mostly privatised industry.
“Until the severe bottlenecks within the transmission and distribution sector is removed, Nigerians can’t experience free flow of electricity,” stated by Siemens.
In Nigeria, fixing electricity has remained a pressing issue, a sort of a spell. Darkness as a barrier to development is not over hype in the society. Young people involved in personal businesses such as fashion designing or digital marketing and those in bigger businesses like high-margin manufacturing are suffering from the deficiency.