The Pro's And Con's Of The Power Sector In Nigeria
Generally, the power sector in Nigeria us made up of the power generating stations, the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) and the distribution stations (DISCOS).
Power generating stations
In Nigeria, we have about 6 fully operational generating stations ( the shiroro dam, the kanji dam etc) and statistics show that this generating stations have the capacity to provide the bulk of the country with stable electricity. So, I think that the power generating stations are doing just fine.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)
Having been to TCN, I can say for sure that the TCN is well equipped to transmit electricity to the right quarters. They have lots of transmission towers, lots of reactors, capacitor banks and a lot more. They also have staffs on stand by in case their is a problem that needs immediate attention.
The Distribution Companies Of Nigeria (DISCOS)
It seems that most of the problems in the power sector today has been attributed to the discos and that is really true. Ever, before power distribution was privatised the government has done a really poor job in this sector, having run into enormous debts it seemed that they could not handle it themselves.
With the private sector coming into a lot of debts incurred by the government very little effort was done in establishing a good distribution order. But the discos are not all at fault in this matter, the end users if the electricity are also involved in the sense that if electricity is being provided and the consumers refuse to pay for it, it becomes a huge loss for the discos themselves because they have to use their money to pay the debts. Also, those people who are found of tampering with meters are also at fault.
So my question is this: are the discos entirely to blame for the poor power distribution or are the consumers of the electricity supply also to be blamed?