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The Pains of Being a Nigerian Part 3 – From the Power Sector

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The pioneering works of William Gilbert, Thomas Browne, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison have provided the world with Electricity but 4years down the line president buharia cannot.




Without electricity, modern civilization would be impossible. We need electricity in industrial processes; in the homes; in offices; in transportation; in healthcare; in warfare; in space travel and in virtually every aspect of lives.




Through the colonial period and shortly afterwards, electricity utility in Nigeria was decentralised with generation locations in Jos, Enugu and Lagos, mainly from coal and hydro (in Jos). These were later fed into a national grid system for transmission and then distribution to consumers.




Over time, due to expansion and inefficiencies, the organisation and administration have changed from Electricity Company of Nigeria, National Electric Power Authority, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, and now privatized Generation Companies, one Transmission Company and several Distribution Companies.

In spite of these measures, the central issues of inadequate supply, low voltage/very high voltage, and outrageously high estimated-bill, load shedding and pervasive corruption are persistent. In the words of Babatunde Raji Fashola, a minister in president buhari cabinent “ constant electricity is not rocket science and any government that cannot fix power in six months is irresponsible” But sadly 3 years after constant electricity has become rocket science that Fashola will be speaking big grammar to explain.







Apart from the cankerworm of corruption, specific problems exist in generation, in transmission and in distribution. Most of the installed generation capacity is gas- fired, and, due to militancy and pipeline vandalism gas availability to the plants is epileptic. In the hydroelectric stations, the turbines are obsolete and beyond their useful lives. Due to poor emphasis on mining and environmental considerations, generation from coal is now non- existent in the energy mix of the country. When gas is made available, appropriate pricing and debts pose problems of sustainability. Of course, as in the whole subsector, gross underfunding and embezzlement are key obstacles to increasing capacity. Whereas Nigeria is still struggling to achieve ten thousand megawatts capacity, a less populated South Africa produces more than forty thousand megawatts.




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Despite privatization that has taken place, the Transmission Company of Nigeria is still wholly owned by the Federal Government. Thus the national grid, which is very inadequate for the current power output, continues to suffer poor funding as well as being shielded from private investment.

Multilateral lending to it is just not enough for the scale of expansion and modernization required. It is in distribution to consumers that most of the corruption still resides. Consumers collude with the utility officials to steal electricity or to underpay. Some consumers find illegal means of bypassing installed pre-paid meters.

It is common knowledge also that the distribution companies deliberately refuse to install meters or delay in doing so in order that they could levy for  estimated electricity consumption. This practice has generated public outcry and, in some cases, violence against sales/marketing staff. It is also worthy to note president buhari that Nigeria has two major companies that produce prepaid metres which are Gospell Digital Technology in Cross Rivers state and Momas Electricity Metres Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL) in Ogun State

The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) with 6, 159,775 customer accounts has barely 52 percent metering level of 3,206,559 metered customers and a gap of 47 percent or 2,953,176 unmetered customers.

 

Overall, inadequate tariffs, corruption, poor ease of doing business, poor security of lives and property, poor enforcement of the rule of law and the rigidity of local partners combine to deny the country of the much needed capital inflow for the deserved rapid growth of the subsector. President Buhari take note

 

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What Is Coronavirus ?

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What is the meaning of corona virus? Many of you are asking and frantically searching for an answer well here is a comprehensive background Information of this deadly virus.

Coronavirus is an outbreak of disease that started in Wuhan one of the central Chinese cities it’s caused by a novel coronavirus that means it’s brand-new so new that actually it doesn’t have a name yet it’s from a family called the corona viruses the symptoms of this illness are pretty mundane on the face of it it’s a dry cough fever and then breathing problems it seems quite mild in lots of people and probably those people don’t end up in hospital at all we only know about the more severe cases which is where people have gone on to develop viral pneumonia and those people obviously end up in hospital and all the deaths have been amongst those people this brand new corona virus came from animals and it’s believed that the source was actually a seafood market in Wuhan which also sells wild animals so far as far as we know all the cases have come out of Wuhan so some of these people are in places like Thailand and Japan but they haven’t picked it up there they actually got it in Wuhan and then they traveled in China where the most cases are it’s older people who are ending up in hospital with this they’re usually over 40 and the very youngest person diagnosed is about 13 or 14 years old so it doesn’t appear to be affecting small children and those who have died tend actually to have underlying conditions as they say they they’re frail they may have heart disease or cancer already and so they’re vulnerable basically their immune systems are not very robust and they’re going to find it very hard to fight off a virus we’ve only just discovered that the new corona virus is actually transmitted from one person to another it was hoped at first actually that it just came from animals as all corona viruses do but now it looks as though it is actually passed from one human being to another so we’ve got people-to-people transmission because the markets been closed for some time and there are cases in people who’ve never been near it so there actually isn’t any treatment at the moment at all because this is a virus antibiotics won’t work that they only work against bacteria not viruses so really you want to know antiviral treatment but none of the flu drugs that we’ve got we have got a couple of those will work on this a corona virus is different from a flu virus so there actually isn’t any treatment at the moment at all this one is scary because it is a brand new virus so we don’t know how it’s going to behave but I have to say we perhaps ought to put it in the context of some of the other things healthcare workers trooped  to Sierra Leone to cover the West Africa outbreak of Ebola and that was killing more than half of all those people who were infected SARS which was a novel coronavirus just like this one back in 2002 did it end up causing a global panic and that was largely because nobody had ever seen it before but also the death rate was at around 10% well here so far we’re talking about a death rate of 2% which is a lot less and it does look as if many of those people actually have had underlying health problems which would make it more likely that they would die they could equally have died of flu so you have to put it into that context I think

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Mama Still Got It: Mother And Daughter Bursting It Together On Instagram Live……Mother Goals?

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Should we call this mother goals or what? A mother and daughter were caught throwing their cakes on live Instagram, they looked like they were competing against each other and trying to out do each other.

Considering that this is not really what a mother should be teaching her daughter some of you might say but some others might feel it is right and lit AF.

It was gathered that their joint dance videos are a regular occurrence and they are quite popular on Instagram for this, a lot of their fans could be seen in the comments hailing them on.

 

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Mom Angry At Teenage Daughter For Getting Intimate In the House

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A mother was definitely not planning on raising no babies as she went in hard on her daughter in suspicion of her apparently having intimacy with a boy under her roof and she was having none of that.

The video below  captures and shows the moment all this went down, the mother interrogating her daughter, who insists that she did not have intimacy with anyone. However, her mother wasn’t trying to hear what she had to say. She immediately charged at her daughter and   like she was a WWE Pro Wrestler , while shouting expletives. Although the punch was quite shocking, it wasn’t the only one. In the midst of her rant, she charged her daughter a second time,  Then, the video abruptly ended, but the punishment wasn’t over.

 

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