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  • Updated: March 29, 2023

EXPLAINER: How Tinubu's Government Can Solve Electricity Problems (2)

EXPLAINER: How Tinubu's Government Can Solve Electricity Pro


As a development-focused news platform, our investigative desk has been proffering workable research-filled solutions to counter electricity problems in Nigeria. 

If you are stumbling on this piece, you may have missed the first slice of the research-oriented ways we proffered to the new Bola Tinubu administration to counter power shortages nationwide. 

We are confident that if the government follows these processes, successive governments will not keep making the same promise.

Consider energy efficiency 

The new federal government under Bola Tinubu should ensure it implements policies suitable for energy efficiency activities.

Programmes such as smart grid programmes, energy audits, and demand-side management will increase power generation and reduce the demand for electricity.

Once the government implements these policies, we can rationalise or minimise the energy required to power home and industrial appliances.

Once this is done, the country will have lifted a hefty burden on our power sector and energy use.

The states should wise up

Among the 16 Constitution Amendment Bills President Muhammadu Buhari signed recently, one says it is now lawful and legitimate for States to generate and distribute electricity.

Every state should set up mini-grids (domestic electricity systems that generate and distribute electricity) and ease the burden of Nigeria’s singular power source.

With this system, power generation will be wholesome and encompassing.

Rural communities will also have the waiver to change their fortunes, fostering community development.

Gas pipeline vandalisation should be handled like terrorism 

Bola Tinubu’s administration should counter gas pipeline vandalism and oil theft as it will tackle insurgency and terrorism.

It is important because the anomaly has been leading to the natural gas supply shortage, which powers the country's thermal plants. 

The government must focus on ensuring a consistent natural gas supply for power generation by combating oil thieves.

We should not stop researching

Daily, the knowledge of how to improve power generation expands worldwide.

For Nigeria not to be left out, Bola Tinubu’s government should establish a single-focus agency primarily to widen the country’s scope of energy research, development, and innovation.

Such an agency will be responsible for developing and implementing energy policies to ensure sustained improvement in the energy sector.

It is also important for such an agency to be fully committed to non-stop research to find new ways to power generation, storage and distribution in the country.

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