Nigeria and its Counterparts Comparison: Expedient Developmental Improvement.
Electricity is the life blood of a healthy nation. No nation can do without electricity. Businesses and other economic activities survive on electricity. South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt and Ghana are countries in Africa as a continent. I compared these countries with Nigeria, and why we should do more to improve on where we are with what we have which is abundant gas.
South Africa’s electricity generation capacity is 58,095 megawatts (MW) with a population of 59.31 million people (World Bank 2020)
Nigeria’s electricity generation capacity is 12,522MW if existing plants are functioning well but only dispatch 4,000MW with a population of 206.1 million people (World Bank 2020)
Egypt’s electricity generation capacity is 59,063MW with a population of 102.3 million people (World Bank 2020).
Ghana’s electricity generation capacity is 5,134MW with a population of 31.07 million people (World Bank 2020).
With over 200trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves, Nigeria should be able to generate electricity that corresponds with her population. Without electricity, no economic activities. Promoting gas or diesel generators here thinking you are an expert to save cost in running a business, it wouldn’t have been if there is constant electricity in Nigeria with over 80,000MW generation with reliable and efficient transmission systems. It is so unfortunate that conditionality has made us to pursue what shouldn’t have been. Ideally, gas or diesel generators should be on standby for an emergency in case there is grid power interruption. If you can afford generators, what about over 90 million Nigerians without access to grid electricity as reported? Electricity for all remains the best option through generating plants and renewable sources of energy not diesel and gas generators. For sustainability and improvement of all sectors in Nigeria, an expedient action needs to be taken in the energy sector. This will help the manufacturing industry and ensure that over 90 million Nigerians have access to grid electricity. A society must take care of the least through sustainable development.
Written by: Michael Yahaya.
Michael is an Energy Expert with interest in power generation for sustainable development.