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Nigerians Have Only 2 Hours of Electricity Supply Weekly – Survey



Energy Supply Problem in Nigeria - Bella Naija

In the last one month, Nigerians across the country have experienced deteriorating power supply, especially in Lagos and Abuja.

According to a survey conducted by Vanguard about the recent drastic reduction in power supply, Nigerians receive only about two hours of electricity weekly on the average. Also, some regions have not had power for the past three consecutive weeks. 

Residents surveyed expressed their disappointment at the fact that the power situation has not improved despite the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN.

The former Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji,  and the chief executives of Distribution Companies (DISCOs), have allegedly blamed the energy supply problem on Nigeria’s power generating facilities which they reportedly described as “obsolete and unreliable, dating back to 1896.”

A DISCOs official also attributed the problem to the reduction of Mega Watts ever since PHCN was privatized. Lagos State reportedly used to receive about 900MW of electricity from the National grid, however; this amount dropped to 300MW after privatization.

To cope with the problem of distributing the limited 300MW equally across households, DISCOs has reportedly resorted to rationing energy supply. The  erratic power supply has also been attributed to the reduced Mega Watts.

Photo Credit: Vanguard


  1. ADA

    April 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm



    April 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    This is so sad especially for a country with so much wealth. How are other countries doing it? Our politicians should focus on fixing this o!

  3. shantel

    April 9, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    God help us

  4. Ibinabo

    April 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    It’s less that 2hrs per week in some places… at my end, we haven’t had light for more than 2weeks now not even a flash.

  5. Lulu

    April 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    In Tanzania at its worse the rationing would be power every other day. This sounds so extreme for a country with such wealth. Lots of corrupt undertakings because there is no excuse for this,i cant imagine staying 3 weeks with no power,people must spend a fortune on generators.

  6. @edDREAMZ

    April 9, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Till tomorrow i will always hate this country……


    April 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    This is really not funny at all! Yesterday, we had the light for an hour. Today, we had for just 15minutes this afternoon. I can’t even imagine how much I’ve spent buying fuel over the past one week. Coupled with this unbearable heat.
    What a country indeed!

  8. Tequi

    April 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    The most irritating thing about this is if you don’t want to give us the bloody light then don’t! But no…they take it bring it for 10mins!!! You put off your generator then they take it again and the sickening circle can go on for hours!!!and if you refuse to turn off your generator others start to look at up you like …pls now, save us the noise and pollution! Not to talk if the scarce fuel!

    • mrs chidukane

      April 9, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      As in,I said it one time on BN twitter. Why can’t Nigerians refuse to pay nepa bills till we get at least 18hrs off light daily? This is the bane of small businesses in Nigeria. What profit do you have left when you spend at least 100k a month on fuel?They should just give us electricity and keep their roads and water please (not as if we presently have roads and water but we can sort ourselves out)

  9. Noble (

    April 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    And a certain Okupe said we will scoop electricity with our bowls? Federal Republic of ‘government is going to’

    • Damilola

      April 9, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      “Federal Republic of ‘Government is Going To'” is exactly right. Meanwhile they’ve told Christiane Amanpour Nigerians are “happy with the improvement in power.” The other one said it was witches and wizards that were taking away our electricity. Their witches council never finish ni?

  10. tess

    April 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I was telling someone that we get light only @ nite (from like 1am to 5am)n she said, “that’s good now,I haven’t seen light in 2 weeks”. Haba this is terrible.

  11. Babygirl

    April 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I run a small dressmaking outfit in Magodo Lagos and in a week, I use a 90 litres of fuel(Petrol) totalling N9,000.00/week. It is very devastating to note this and my landlord also charges N4,000.00/month for NEPA bill per tenant saying we use N25,000.00 card every month. #challenges of small business in Nigeria.

  12. Damilola

    April 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    its so sickening……we are meant to get light on alternative days but for where? on days we should have they give us like 5-6 hours….meanwhile a street near us has all the time……terribly annoying situation…..spend like7-8 k on gen weekly

  13. tammy

    April 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    @gistville, did you say over the past one week? My darling, calculate how much u spend on fuel in a week and you’ll be shocked. This country is depressing mbok.

  14. Concerned_Boyfriend

    April 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    And they said the country is getting better… LOL @ “Ancestoral problem”..It’s indeed generational. I’m almost sure the next generation would inherit this same legacy. Imagine the growth and development we would have experienced as a nation if the power problew was resolved….Just imagine!!

  15. Tru

    April 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    2 hours ke. They obviously didn’t research my ‘hood. Can’t recall the last time PHCN even blinked

  16. Lolade

    April 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Well to be honest when i was in Nigeria on holiday we had light most of the time but not enough electricity to have the ac
    On during the day it was very shocking when will the government fix this problem it isnt a small issue at all!!!!

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