One thing that has continually comes to Nigerians minds are set deadlines for power outage.

Empty promises by government officials that have served their terms and walked away from office.

It has been the same since independence.

Newspaper on no more black out in Nigeria 1986.

On July 22, Lagos State held its local council polls, but it was also another reminder that having constant light in Nigeria may not be achievable except extreme measures are taken.

Here is why.

1.      Nigeria's power generating capacity is not anywhere near what is required to take care of the over 160 million population. At the moment, the nation is rationing below 5,000 megawatts of electricity. It needs at least 12,000 for an improvement in the less than 10 hours per day supply very few areas can boast of.

2.      Storms will not cease to occur in Nigeria. Each time it is about to rain, it appears there is something in your area that alerts the power companies and before you finish the thought of the light going off, it is gone. They are simply trying to save their surface facilities from destruction.

storm falls tree on pole.


3.      Having cables above the earth's surface - Above earth surface cables are a big challenge for communities when there is a storm. There will always be storms. Climate change is even making it worse.

The government wants Nigerians to plant trees to reduce the effect of climate change but these trees have low tendencies of withstanding isolated thunder storms. Their branches break off and fall on high tension cables each time there is a storm and this is a big hazard.

These days, aluminium roofing sheets, which are excellent conductors of electricity, are blown off buildings unto wires.

alluminum on cable in nigeria.

4.  Solar Panels - Those of us who can afford it have moved on. Several business are not interested in having any conversation with officials of PHCN. They are beginning to generate energy for themselves.

solar panel on roof

5.      Importation of generators and power storage devices (what we call inverters) that now store power after light is out.

This is also for the rich and affluent. So if those who should lead the call for better governance are seeking alternatives elsewhere; what is the hope of the masses?

One Nigerian is already exploring giving Nigerians power through a generator that runs on water.

Watch the video.