Nigeria: A nation in total darkness, thanks to NEPA

Power Holding Company of Nigeria a total fraud

Imagine…

Your father is out cold on the floor, suddenly. Luckily, he’s able to express what he’s feeling: chest discomfort, pain, shortness of breath and a list of other symptoms. Soon enough, you realize he’s having a heart attack. You get him in the car and you drive to the hospital. As you get closer to the hospital, his situation gets worse. Finally, you reach the hospital. Hospital staff rush to attend to him. After realizing your father’s medical condition, the doctor informs you he needs surgery. As the doctor prepare him for that emergency surgery, NEPA seizes light.

Imagine…

You recently arrived back home from abroad to your 9-month pregnant wife. It’s your first child and the whole family is extremely excited about the new arrival. Come labour day when her water breaks, you find yourself in the hospital. After 16 hours of tight-hand-squeezing, a bit of ‘breathe in, breathe out’ suggestions, the baby is ready to meet the world. As she pushes and screams, you tell her how much you love her and that she’s doing a great job. She pushes, and pushes. Finally, your baby enters the world with the most beautiful cry you’ve ever heard. And then NEPA strikes.

That’s Nigeria!

Nigerian hospitals are inadequate and ill-equipped compared to anything you’ve seen in developed countries. To top it off, common citizens, businesses, education institutes and healthcare facilities continue to pay hefty monthly bills to NEPA for electricity services they are NOT provided.

Millions of dollars is poured into NEPA every year. Despite that, power supply is non-existent in Nigeria. Instead, NEPA – a government body – forces citizens to pour their financial resources on generators instead of putting that money towards other important use. The electricity situation in Nigeria is so bad that people live in total darkness for over 20 days of the month, yet, their electricity bills never fails to arrive at their front doors. If you don’t pay up, NEPA  will ‘cut your light’.

Even after 50 years of gaining independence, there’s still no real change in Nigeria, especially when it comes to electricity. The ongoing problems with NEPA is certainly in the top 5 reasons why Nigeria jaga jaga. From international newspapers to personal blogs, the reality of the electricity problems in Nigeria is overwhelming – in reality and all over the web.

May 31, 2012

  • “On June 1, 2013, the useless (present) government of Goodlcuk Jonathan will increase the cost of electricity and consumers will start to pay more for what is not available.” Thy Glory O Nigeria

April 21, 2012

  • “For instance, hospitals are among the hardest hit because of their energy needs. However, the hospitals that are supposed to run on electricity 24/7 now struggle to stay afloat with just seven hours of power supply.” Odili.net

April 11, 2012

  • “The kind of power supply in Nigeria does not correlate with the fact that people pay bills for electricity. By now the government of Jonathan should be so ashamed to even ask people to continue to pay NEPA bills. The way things are in Nigeria, people should not be paying for electricity until it is constant and assuring. That much the government owed the people.” Thy Glory O Nigeria

MARCH 28, 2012

  • “The Chief Medical Director of Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Prof David Oke, on Tuesday denied reports that the hospital was under threat of unstable power supply.” Dailytimes.com

January 16, 2012

  • “Power outages are a daily occurrence everywhere in the country, despite the fact that Nigeria is the main provider of electricity to four neighboring countries, none of which experience these types of daily outages.” Socialistworker.org

July 2, 2011

  • “In fact, it has become a tall dream to have an uninterrupted full electric supply in any part of Nigeria for a straight twenty-four hour period or for several days without a power outage. As a result, it becomes a big risk to carry out medical surgeries and other invasive procedures in the few existing Nigerian hospitals, due to incessant power failures.” Nairaland.com

November 2007

  • “The absence of regular and reliable public power supply and the huge cost of running the equipment on generators are however threatening the entire hospital rehabilitation program.” NigerianDoctor.com

Undated

Undated

  • “I witnessed deliveries by kerosene lantern, nursing care by candlelight, and was present at a C-section when the lights went out.” Fastcoexist.com

What is the backbone of technology, science, innovations, growth and development if not constant power supply?

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~ by omonaij on June 10, 2012.

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