Nigerians Push for Renewable Energy to Solve Power Crisis

by Nour Bundogji

For many years now, Nigeria has been facing an extreme electricity shortage. Why? Well let’s look at Nigeria by the numbers. Overall, Nigeria consumes 2.5 million barrels of oil a day. Additionally, Nigerians spend, on average, ten dollars a week for a grid of electricity regardless of whether their grid works or not. Lastly, Nigeria spends $5 billion a year on fuel to generate electricity leaving about two thirds of Nigerians with no access to electricity (which is more people without electricity than any other country in the world except for India). Kennedy-Darling and her colleagues at University of Chicago reason that these energy deficits are a result of financial and structural problems in Nigeria’s current energy system. These problems demonstrate a ripple effect where the decreased efficiency of the energy producing capacity in Nigeria (a structural problem) leads to low productivity, excessive debts, and high fixed costs associated with power (financial problems) (Mohammad, 2007). Continue reading