A recent discussion with the administrator of The AfroBeat, highlighted the need to use improved power generation as the threshold by which Yar'Adua's administration would be judged.
As such, I couldn't overlook news reports that indicate that Nigeria will experience even more power outages because certain power generation plants receive inadequate gas supplies necessary to generate electricity for millions of Nigerians. The drop in gas supplies, which took power generation from 800MW to 100MW at one station, is a result of the dry season, when the dams that supply water to the hydroelectric power plants are at their lowest level, "thereby limiting their generating capacity and ability to augment the thermal units" according to ThisDay newspaper.
For those of you that are much more knowledgeable about these issues, what can be done to prevent the constant degradation of power supply in Nigeria? Are there any known plans on how the nation will address the power crunch? Being that hydroelectricity plays such an important role to the electricity supply, what innovations are needed to improve power generation for a nation that still needs to get electricity to the many villages that have no power, talk less of the towns and cities that are on the power grid but receive little to no electricity. I read some time ago about Nuclear power being a future possibility in Nigeria, but I am definitely not comfortable with that for various reasons. Anyway, if anyone has ideas, I am curious and would love to read them. It is clear that for Nigeria to advance the way we all want it to, electricity will be a key element and we have to figure out how to adequately deal with this matter.
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