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World Bank Report rates power supply in Nigeria as poor, ineffective

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The World Bank has said that about 74 percent of Nigerians and electricity consumers are dissatisfied with the supply ratio by the Distribution Companies.

The bank said that while 93 percent of metered power users paid their bills regularly, 78 percent of electricity consumers in Nigeria received less than 12 hours of supply daily.

In its Power Sector Recovery Programme Opinion Research Fact Sheet released last week, the World Bank stated that its findings were done after a thorough survey conducted by its team.

“Seventy-six per cent (power users are) willing to pay more for electricity if supply improves. Sixty-seven percent agree that electricity theft is a big issue and affects quality of supply.

“Fifty-eight percent do not have a meter to measure electricity use. Seventy-eight percent have less than 12 hours daily access to electricity.

“Sixty-two percent do not believe that the power sector is being managed efficiently,” the bank said in the report.

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The said 74 percent are dissatisfied with the electricity supply while 87 percent are unaware of ongoing reforms (PSRP) in the power sector.

“Fifty-three per cent do not receive adequate customer service from Discos (distribution companies). Eighty-two percent are unaware of tariff band classifications.”

The World Bank stated that electricity supply was rated poorly by respondents, while “Metering is a key concern” nationwide as respondents to its survey were generally dissatisfied with the metering system. Electricity tariff is a nationwide concern.

“There should be significant improvement in service delivery before increase in tariff. Majority of respondents are unaware of the key policies and activities of government and operators,” the report stated.

It added, “Electricity theft and vandalism are major issues and impact significantly on the quality of electricity supply,” the bank stated in the report.

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