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Electricity Power Outage In Nigeria: An Existing Issues Since 80s ~Omonaijablog

By Akisanmi Gbenga



Nigeria is the highest African’s top energy producer and has one of the world's largest gas reserves, yet over 65% of Nigerians do not have access to electricity.

On May 5, 2020 power outage disrupted activities at the Lagos international Airport, movement of passengers were disrupted as the airport became dark due to the power outage. The Power problems of Nigeria now appear to be bigger than Nigeria’s human capital resources. Most households and companies depend on running either diesel or petrol generators to have a stable power supply. The energy supply crisis is complex, stems from a variety of issues and has been ongoing for decades. 


Reference to this issue was pointed out in a trending video news report in 1982, the report was done by Omoba Dotun Onibokun who was then a news reporter at NTA and TV Service of Oyo State( TSOS), now BCOS. In the video clip, Omoba Dotun Onibokun interviewed Barrister Abiodun Onibokun, the then Chairman of Oyo State Water Resources, Barrister Abiodun explained that poor Electric power supply was a major problem for water distribution.
Another interview similar to this was done with Profesor F.B.I Giwa of the then Director of Computing Center, University of Ibadan. Professor Giwa said electrical power outage is the main issue computers were facing then because whenever there is an electricity outage, most information will be lost automatically or may cause damage to the computer if the light is on without switching off the main power source.

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