The screaming headline from the original source of this article says “NERC blames poor power supply on Nigerians”. But when you read further the story is different. Here is an excerpt the full article for you to judge.
The National Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) has blamed Nigerians for being partly responsible for the poor power supply in the country. Its General Manager Dr Tony Akah who spoke yesterday said most electricity consumers in the country prefer to swicth on electrical appliances even when they are not at home, addinmg that wastages such as this results in erratic power supply.
Speaking at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, at a lecture organised by the institution’s Department of Economics on: “Energy Consumption, Challenges and Prospects in the 21st Century,” Akah said electricity is not a social product, and as such it must be priced appropriately to attract investors.
He regretted that the flat rate billing system, which rather estimates a consumer’s consumption, rather than the metering system, which gives the actual electricity consumed, remains a huge disservice to investment returns in the sector. Besides, Nigerians’ attitude of leaving unused appliances on constitutes a huge wastage on the little energy geenerated and transmitted.
“In Nigeria you find a situation where families leave their light on, all through the day and this has impact on the facilities. In some cases you see people using 100 and 200 watts bulbs. But the ideal thing is for people to us the LED bulbs, which are just three and five watts. We will conserve a lot of energy by using these kind of bulbs,” Akah said.
He advised Nigerians to learn how to maximise energy in order to let others have electricity. One way of achieving this, he said, is by learning to switch to low energy consuming bulbs as this would help consumption.