Nigeria power problem – why energy conservation is a must – politics – nigeria electricity jeopardy powerpoint


The idea of reducing our energy needs is simple and yet workable and effective. The cost savings are there for all to see and feel. This is not rocket science, it is common sense but again I cannot assume that I know why the relevant agencies and powers that be are not looking at this very efficient alternative or strategy for now.

To further drive home this point I have been consistently receiving energy bills for less than N500.00 per month (including the compulsory N130.00) for a long time now to the extent that on more than 2 occasions PHCN officials suggested that my meter may be faulty (even when they come to take readings every month). We all know how PHCN rate homes in Nigeria, Mr A has an AC therefore his bill cannot be less than N3,000.00 a month without knowing if the AC has been bad for ages.

After explaining to them why my energy consumption has crashed and that I never run out of power supply because I have an inverter backup system that takes over when regular power fails they want me to help build inverter systems for them and even promise to change their own bulbs.

Bigger is not always better so the government should consider a serious energy conservation policy while planning to guarantee steady power supply. Trying to match what South Africa currently produces is an effort in futility since our needs and populations are not the same.

A strong policy on the power requirements for appliances getting into Nigeria is needed. Why would Nigeria be a dumping ground for CRT monitors (250W average) where LCD monitors (40W average) are available and are getting cheaper by the day?

Ghana is doing well in trying to retrieve the regular 60W bulbs from its citizens while replacing them with 4 nos 15W energy saving bulbs because it is cheaper for the government to do so than for the government to generate more electricity to meet with the current demands.

I do not see any reason why PHCN will not increase the tarrif of those that waste energy in Nigeria. Some homes have their security bulbs on 100% of the time and only get to touch the switch when they need to change the bulbs. There should be a monitoring unit that should sanction homes like these as we cannot be talking about power problem and at the same time wasting power.

While I agree that Nigeria has a lot of basic power problems to tackle it is however not enough excuse for us not to be thinking about saving the environment (since we are part of the world anyway) and seriously looking into renewable energy.

There are a lot of things I do not see the reasons why they are happening but I do see a nation blessed with abundant natural resources that if well tapped into would transform the lives of millions of its citizens while propelling the nation forward towards attaining most if not all its set goals in the VISION 2020 AGENDA. Re: Nigeria Power Problem – Why Energy Conservation Is A Must by almondjoy( f): 10:25am On Nov 15, 2007

Energy efficiency is a key objective which any nation,more so Nigeria,must strive to attain.In reality,this is somewhat stating the obvious.It is no more than saying that one,whether a nation or individual,must seek to use their resources in the most efficient of manner cutting down waste wherever possible.In this sense,I agree with Afam’s post. . . . .but before Afam has a heart attack over my agreement with him,let me quickly state where I disagree with him.

He leaves the impression that energy conservation is in some sense a panacea to our electricity problem.Further,there is also the impression that we should conserve because we use too much already.This particular statement was illuminating: Even the developed world keeps talking about reducing energy needs and here we are in Nigeria talking about generating more energy to satisfy our already high (and sometimes unreasonable energy demands). Our energy demands are neither high or unreasonable.Some might understand the statement to mean that they are high and unreasonable in the context of our meager resources but he does criticize talking about generating more.

To understand our situation and the flaw in the above statement,I will use a simple analogy.Slamming Nigeria for its high and unreasonable energy demand is akin to attacking a hungry starving family for its high and unreasonable demand for food [/i]Sure,such a family would be better off if it conserved its little food stock as efficiently as possible,that still doesn’t alter the fact that the family does lack sufficient food in the first place.

Whether a hungry family,or a man with financial difficulties or Nigeria with its energy problem.The need for conserving what little you have is obvious but that doesn’t alter the underlying reality-the resources are little in the first place.

Afam dismisses the comparisons made between Nigeria’s total electricity generation and South Africa and others.But such comparisons are telling and self evidently illuminating.Does the fact that South Africa,a nation of 47 million,generates at least 40,000 MW of electricity compared to Nigeria’s 4,000 MW, show that S.Africa’s energy demands are [i]insanely high and unreasonable or does it tell us more about the sheer paucity of our energy infrastructure? I once noted that Iraq,a war torn country of 26 million,produces and uses 5,000 MW electricity.This is more than Nigeria,a nation of 140 million.Perhaps,Iraqis should start using less electricty.

I live in the UK,a nation of 60 million,which as at 2003 was using a whopping 137000 MW of electricity.There is constant talk of energy conservation here but that should be seen in the light of abundance of energy.Sure,Nigeria should also conserve,but it is clear that we still need to generate more.

The failure of the Govt’s policy in regards to power generation has nothing to do with the futility of power generation as an objective.Our Govt has failed to deliver water,health,education,security,e.t.c that doesn’t mean Nigerians should forgo health,water,education and security.It simply means that we should explore alternative strategies to deliver increased power generation.Yes,we must conserve but we must also generate more power. Re: Nigeria Power Problem – Why Energy Conservation Is A Must by Iman3( m): 11:55pm On Nov 15, 2007

Our Oga Suen don repeat am tire say make them PRIVATISE electrical power generation for Nigeria, and SACK, JAIL or EXECUTE all those biggi-belle thief when gofment put there to suffer Nigeria people with them dead and rotten company when no fit light ordinary candle , NEPA or PHCN.

Before the time when them privatise phone network for Nigeria, those bastard teef when dey work for NITEL them go just kak seat for them office dey teef any gofment money when touch them hand, and then come dey do yanga dey order and direct people to come line up for them dirty stinking office to use 1932 dead phone wey no dey kuku work at all.

Now as e be say private phone company dey plenty for Nigeria, na HUNGRY dey kill all those ignorant monkey NITEL teef people now, as them nogo fit see customer for this life again, so far private phone dey easy as ABC to buy and use. And na the same hungry go kill all those baboon when gather themself siddon for PHCN office to dey pretend say them get work when them dey do pass that everyday teef together with lie-lie idiot promise say light go reach Nigeria for the year 2099 after we all don die and bury since.

If gofment announce tomorow say them need volunteer people when go help them take cutlass butcher PHCN workers and managers them, me I go rush go there with my sharp cutlass to join hand demonstrate my hatred and vex for those bastard them body, and take them blood baf.