By Chiamaka Ajeano
Latest survey report by the NOI-Polls revealed that power supply had been on consistent decline, month-on-month, in the first half of this year with highest delivery at 10.5 hours per day in January, and a six-month average of 7.4 hours per day.
According to the results of its ‘aggregated power sector poll’, NOI-Polls stated that Nigerians enjoyed an average of 10.5 hours of power supply daily in January; 8.3 hours in February and 7.6 hours, 6.3 hours, 5.6 and 6.0 hours in March, April, May and June 2016 respectively.
These translate to an average of 7.38 hours daily in the first half of this year.
The report blamed the declining power supply on destruction of power infrastructure and gas pipelines vandalism that has occurred throughout the period as well as poor maintenance and lack of upgrade of power installations across the country.
It stated: “the vandalization which occurred in the Escravos area of Delta State resulted in a drop in power generation from about 3,600 megawatts (MW) to 2,500 MW, translating to a loss of 900MW in May 2016”.
Furthermore, the report noted that the results revealed that the nationwide average daily cumulative power supply for first quarter (Q1) 2016 stood approximately at nine hours, while in the second quarter of 2106, it stood at approximately six hours, representing about 33.3 per cent drop in power supply quarter-on-quarter.
According to the report, there was a consistent decline in power supply to households through June 2016, with the highest dip recorded in February at 21-Points from January 2016.
The findings from poll revealed that the Nigerian power sector improved remarkably in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, with Nigerians enjoying enormous electricity supply due to the increased generation and a historical peak capacity of 4817 Mega Watts (MW) achieved within this period.
This progress, the report said, continued till the first quarter (Q1) of 2016, before a nose-dive within the same quarter as a historic system collapse was recorded within this period and the resultant effect was a Zero Mega Watts ( 0 MW) generation that led to a nationwide drop in power supply.
NOI-Polls analysis of nationwide monthly tracking of power supply findings, over a period of six months specifically from January to June, 2016 showed that 60 per cent of Nigerians stated that power supply has improved nationwide in the month of January.
“This figure represents the best rating for power from January 2016 to June 2016. In spite of this, the results depict a downward trend from the month of January down to the month June, 2016 (which recorded the lowest figure at 15 percent). The highest dip in power supply was recorded in the month of February from January 2016 at 21 points,” it said.
Furthermore, NOI-Polls disclosed that nationwide average quarterly trend of power supply during Q1, 2016 stood at 44 per cent, while average during Q2, 2016 stood at 17 per cent. This represents a 27 points dip from Q1, 2016.