Hello, electricity!

Three months ago, the electricity distribution in my vicinity by EEDC had a 97% failure rate and a 3% success rate.

Within that same time period – and on visiting Ghana – Kumasi had a 97% success rate for a week and then the percentage dropped like it’s hot.

I learnt it’s picked up now.

I’m running a comparative analysis (with other variables like fuel availability, fuel cost, land mass, populace) vis-a-vis a case study on this for Connect Nigeria.

On returning to Nigeria, the 3% electricity success rate kept increasing until it hit and kept vacillating between 66.67%-83.33% and has been this way from the last week of July till this week.

That’s a good one, for Nigeria on a micro basis.
My good friend on Facebook: Emmanuel Bakare, told me that BENCO’s distribution of electricity in Benin is as poor as 8 hours when it’s almost time to pay the electricity bill.

Take into cognizance: “…as poor as 8 hours when it’s almost time to pay…”


That’s about 33.33% success rate on a margin of 3-5 days and below that on other days.

Also, take into cognizance that based on his observation, half that 33.33% (circa 16.7%) is only available at midnight when most people are asleep.

People asleep use mostly fans or air-conditioning units.

Fans, mostly. Their spirits or souls don’t turn on the oven, microwave, pressing iron, laptops, tablets and stuff.

Who’s fooling you?

I don’t get why the masses would ever be held ransom by the few from darkness-ville.

The numbers don’t make any sense to me and will never make sense to me.
On a stretch of 3 days, EEDC’s distribution of electricity in my vicinity dropped from about 83.33% success rate to 0% success rate.

Consistently. For 72 hours, give or take.

The light’s back up but I know how much has been spent on fuel in 3 days to salvage the poor electricity situation, power my workstation and juice up the battery lives of my devices.

Give or take, 25 litres = N4,250. Run that on a multiplication of 10 and that’s 250 litres and N42,500 per month.

At the end of the month, EEDC will insist a flat used 400kwh worth of electricity and bill N10,000 at a rate of about N25/kwh.

I don’t have a problem with paying N10,000/month for electricity usage. Heck! Even N25,000.

Once upon a time, we paid up to N50,000 or more just to generate electricity for ourselves from our generating sets.

Yet, in 2014 when I was in Onitsha, we paid N6,000 for 6 months on a 18-20 hour electricity distribution.

So who’s playing who?

Things I need to know: “Did we use this kilowatt of electricity this month? How? I need to read it, where’s the accurate data (meter reading)?

Give people something they can read and relate with their daily lives and plan their budgets. NEPA says no!

The usage is always inflated and that’s why I’ll keep writing about this children of darkness.

To cap it all, there’s no effort to distribute prepaid meters for tracking electricity usage.

Plus, I doubt these meters read everything that ought to be read on electricity for households and offices alike.

Before 2017 runs off, I’ll go ahead and create something that suits Nigerian electricity situation.

I can’t be having headache over these folks.
Here, we’ve got almost steady electricity but I strongly believe this is a microcosm.

On the aggregate, what do we have?

Can – and do – we call fractured and irregular distribution of electricity in few vicinity wholesome development?

I doubt so!

Source: Fairpricing.co.uk

Written by Okwukwe

Writer + Entrepreneur + Designer + Creative Artist + Tech Lover + Firework Lover + Travel Freak + Retired Economist (’08-’12) = Okwukwe

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