Nigeria, a country of approximately 186 million people according to the 2016 census, has about 90 million of its citizens living without electricity supply – that’s a huge fraction of the 1.5 billion people estimated to lack electricity supply the world over, half of which live in Africa and as a result spend scarce resources on kerosene and other fuel for lightings.
At 58, a country should be able to provide a good job, shelter and above all, steady electricity supply to each of its citizens. But this is a Nigeria at 58 where over half of her citizens cannot boast of up to 10 hours of electricity supply in a day, heck, some don’t even see have supply for days unending as they are entirely off-grid. This is the stark reality – whether the story is about fossil fuel generated power supply or electricity gotten from renewable energy (which is attainable even though our leaders have chosen to turn a blind side), it’s always a disappointing tale.
Over the years, the plight of the people over the debilitating power situation in the country has fallen on deaf ears, even when there are glaring solutions the government could adopt to avert the suffering brought on the people by the poor and continuous dwindling situation of the electricity in the country. The rate of poverty is on the rise in the country, this is no jinx yet the government is making no move to nip this permanently in the board.
In most cases, the solution to this lingering problem that has been available all along is only tapped into or partially acted upon during time for reelection into the various public offices. Those vying for these offices at this point in time tend or rather say pretend to care for the people’s plight by rallying around to fix this cases albeit temporarily. Cases like bad transformers which run for spans of months and some even years just to score political points. The question however is, should a basic need such as electricity be toyed with?
Why do the leaders of a nation who claim to have the interest of the people at heart care less about how they survive until it is time when they need the same neglected lots to vote them back into office? Why do they play politics with a business as serious as electricity? A good case in point is the sudden interest by the Federal Government sudden interest and willingness to rehabilitate electrical facilities across the country like the rehabilitation of electrical facilities in Ondo which has been neglected for over 10 years, although no time frame has been given as regards the completion of the project. This project, just like its predecessors, can be abandoned once election campaigns and new portfolios have been acquired by the political bigwigs in the country.
The current plight of the country as it concerns electricity isn’t one borne out of ignorance of what to do to placate the situation or that of an entirely unavailable resources to put to use in proffering lasting solutions to the the power crisis in the country, but that of sheer negligence and a sense of obligation to responsibility of the leaders who pursue public offices just to amass wealth and feed their selfish ambitions at the detriment of the poor masses.
As it stands, there lies no hope in sight for the nation to achieving constant electricity supply in the near future if her leaders continue to toes the path of playing politics with the business of electricity which a basic human need for survival and the only route to stop the country from nose diving into recession again in the nearest future.
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