For so many years, the power sector of the country has remained the same. Its improvement is nothing to write home about. Every new regime gives the same complaints and reason for poor supply. The problem is always not from generation but distribution. The distributing companies have equally complained about the tariff and other challenges.
Those who bought the Discos never knew that they would meet challenges ahead of them. They thought it was business as usual. A situation were “Power or No Power” Nigerians will pay bills and failure to pay will get you disconnected. The plan was never to improve the distribution from onset. It was the fear that the incoming president Mohammadu Buhari might revoke their licenses that made them to distribute thousands of meters to users at no initial cost. The meters were to be given to the highest bidders.
Despite the increase in tariffs there is still no power in the country. Nigeria has never experienced power in the whole country for one hour not to talk of days. With N500 one can get 22 units on the meter to use for a week but with the increase, N1000 gives 19.5 units. A family who was spending N3000 will now have to part N9000. Irrespective of this increase, there is no power. In some areas, they run a power sharing shift - Enjoy power for some hours in some days and other days you remain in darkness and at the end of the month they are given some crazy estimated bills for those without prepaid meters.
A friend said that he is now given more than N20, 000 every month for his one bedroom apartment. He said the power officials don’t come to check the meter any more. He said he had gone to request for the prepaid meter but had to discard the move when they were demanding some crazy amount from him. The problem seems not to have a solution.
How long should we continue in this state? Are progressing or retrogressing?