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Ensuring Optimal Electricity Generation and Supply: The Paradox of Nigeria’s Situation.

Ali I. Naibbi1 and Yusuf M. Tukur2

1&2Department of Geography, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Northwest University, Kano, Nigeria.

*Corresponding Author. E-mail: ali.naibbi@nwu.edu.ng

 Received: November 1, 2017  Accepted: January 2, 2017  Published: January 27, 2017

ABSTRACT

Electricity, being an important energy source is inadequate in Nigeria, and is mostly limited to a few towns, while the rural areas are either underserved or neglected in terms of supply. This paper examines various literatures on electricity generation and supply by focusing on the experience of Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy. The result reveals the continued insufficient electricity supply in the country. The deregulation of the sector, which was aimed at facilitating efficiency in electricity supply, did not provide much improvement in the supply as there was no significant increase in the total generation output and access. The result further shows that the frequent power outage in the country has a multiplier effect on the socio-economic activities at all level. It is recommended that policies and measures needs to be emphasised to abate the sabotage in the sector. The study concludes that a robust reform is required in the power sector that would holistically address the problems.

Key words: Electricity, Energy access, electricity generation, electricity supply, energy poverty