2) The present realities aren’t anywhere near what is needed, and cannot sustain any reasonable development in the country. What are the immediate and future plans of the government to boost power supply?
3) The Minister of Power has released power generating figures. How can this be sustained and improved on in the long run? And what assurances do we have that the government will sit on top of the power situation for the good of the masses long after selling of PHCN?
1. What’s the ratio of power generated via hydro/gas powered plants today and how do you suppose that would change as the Power Holding Company of Nigeria firms are privatized?
2. What marked improvements should we expect over the next 12, 24, 36 months in terms of Megawatts based on the ongoing reforms and expected contributions within the sector by the newer investors?
3. What is the official estimate on the power output Nigeria needs to generate today to satisfy both residential and commercial usage?
Bunmi Divinewealth Awoyemi I can testify to the fact that for the first time in 7 years, power supply has improved exponentially in the last 21 days in Lagos and Abuja. I believe that we are enjoying the benefits of handing over transmission of power to a Canadian firm called Manitoba Hydro International. Manitoba has signed a management contract with the Federal Government for the management of the transmission company of Nigeria. We must NOT celebrate yet until we see consistency in the implementation of the power reform agenda of Goodluck Jonathan. The BPE must now go ahead to handover the Discos and Gencos to investors with the pedigree and resources to transform generation and distribution of power in Nigeria. If these reforms are implemented to the letter, generator manufacturers/traders, petrol and diesel traders will need to look for something more productive to engage in, because it will take a toll on their gargantuan profit margins
1) When a transformer is faulty, consumers in the affected area are subjected to contribute funds to PHCN officials to either effect repairs or replace the transformer. My question therefore is, under the new dispensation, would consumers continue to pay for the repair of PHCN equipment? If not, would you designate consumer complaint centres where complaints will be lodged.
2) In a situation where there is power outage due to faulty transformer, would consumers continue to pay the fixed charge of N500 while the outage lasts also bearing in mind that most consumers in the rural areas consume less than N500 per month?
3) Most consumers do not have billing meters due to scarcity of meter and or exorbitant cost of acquiring one. Thus they are billed by estimate which is usually higher than the normal cost. Question: What is the cost of a new meter and is it available?
More questions collated on Thursday, August 16, 2012:
– Utility Management Services for the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA)
– Implementation of Pre-paid Metering Systems
– Technical Assessment – Hydroelectric Project for Tiga & Challawa Dams