Let there be light! INTRODUCING THE NEPA-MAN

Nigeria has been in a stifling grip of inadequate power and energy supply since recent years. It is worth noting that a nation that is endowed with nature’s priciest gifts such as oil, gold and diamonds is facing turmoil due to an epileptic electricity supply. Despite investing unprecedented finances in the power sector and steeply increasing electricity tariffs, the electricity crisis in Nigeria has been insurmountable.

This crisis is hampering the economic growth of Africa’s most populous nation by discouraging foreign investors and disrupting the local Nigerian businesses.

THE CHALLENGES TO POWER SUPPLY IN NIGERIA:

The total energy supply serving a population of over 160 million is less than a mere 1500 megawatts (MW). Nigeria boasts of a power generation capacity of over 6000MW. However, the output turnover is somewhere close to 2000MW. This huge gap of around 4000MW between the nation’s immense potential and the output is widening due to an inadequate supply of gas to the existing multitude of power plants in Nigeria. The reasons pin pointed border along leadership inadequacies, inadequate gas supply, shortage of water in dams and the savage acts of vandalism.

According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Power, the power sector has lost close to 120 to 150 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMScf/d) along the Trans Forcardos (TFP) and Escravos-Lagos (ELP) pipelines. The gas loss of a mere 150 MMScf/d at any point in time translates to a reduction of about 500 MW of power supply.

In terms of coal deposits Nigeria ranks 7th on the global platform. However, it is yet to tap into this resource for an optimum generation of power supply.

The Nigerian economy bases its hopes on Buhari’s election manifesto that promised a revitalisation of the country’s coal-to-power capacities.

IMPLICATION OF RECURRING POWER OUTAGES ON NIGERIAN SMEs:

The small and medium sized business set ups are the worst affected by Nigeria’s electricity crisis.

Most of the Nigerian SMEs and residences resort to generators for their backup power supply, which requires a lot of investment in terms of money and time. Also, they face no respite from the unreasonable electricity bills for the electricity that is not being supplied to them. The financial burden borne by them reaches unnatural depths.

Moreover, businesses that cannot afford the luxury of generators suffer from persistent blackouts.

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THE WAY OUT:

As the situations look bleak, Nigerians are in the relentless quest for a possible solution to put an end to this energy catastrophe.

NaijaGoSocial reinvents the country’s current scenario by introducing a superhero, THE NEPA-MAN – The hero with a never ending supply of energy.

Yes, boundless and everlasting energy!

The hero promises an inexhaustible storehouse of Megawatts to end all electricity woes. Now, Nigerians are free from the terrorising grip of electricity blackouts and the consequent financial burdens.

NEPA-MAN yields the umbrella of luminance which pervades over the economic depression and raises the industrial and commercial productivity of Nigeria.

Let’s welcome NEPA-MAN and support him in this noble cause so that each household, each SME, each Industry, every nook and corner of Nigeria has a guaranteed supply of abundant electricity!

NGS brings to you – THE PURE WATER MAN

Water is life!

Next to air, the most essential necessity for the existence of life is WATER.

The ‘DIRTY’ secret of water in our country:

Drinking water in Nigeria is a precious commodity. Despite possessing immense natural wealth like Gold, oil and diamonds, Nigeria is unable to accommodate the basic water needs of its population.

Nigeria is located in coastal Western Africa with an abundant natural water source. However, there is a dire lack of SAFE and CLEAN drinking water and necessary sanitation facilities for the majority of the Nigerian population. Nigeria boasts a population of 174 million citizens, out of which 40% Nigerians do not have access to hygienic drinking water.

“All my life, everything has been about water. I want to have a bath, there is no water. I want to wash clothes, no water. I want to cook, no water. Always everything is water, no water.” -Haua Musa in an interview to WaterAid Nigeria (Age 47, Fikaji, Nigeria)

All tap water in Nigeria is considered to be potentially contaminated. The lack of this basic need leads to an economy in which poverty and diseases pervade. 0.1 Million children perish every year and the average life expectancy is only 50 years, in Nigeria, due to life threatening diseases like Diarrhoea and Cholera caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation.

PURE-WATER:

To tackle this crisis in NIgeria, commercially packaged drinking water came up in the late 1990s. This ‘PURE-WATER’ or ‘OLUMO’ water was made available in handy and disposable polythene bags. It was sold at reasonable prices at every nook and corner of the country.

SO, HOW PURE IS PURE WATER?

The mass production and huge demand of pure-water led to a deterioration in its quality and the negligence of safety measures by the unlicensed businesses.  The purity of pure-water is questionable!

Millions of Nigerians, today, blindly accept the so called title of PURITY of the packaged drinking water available abundantly in Nigeria. Packaged water a great way to quench their thirst wherever clean water supply is absent. However, in many cases, the pervasive system of corruption takes over and untreated water is sold as pure-water. The title is a far-cry from the actual reality of pure-water.

Also, these pure-water plastic bags are the scourge of Nigeria’s garbage issues. Improper disposal of the plastic trash leads to clogged drains and a polluted environment.

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OUR SAVIOUR, THE PURE WATER MAN!

To put a check on the FILTHY state of drinking water, we bring forth our shining hero, THE PURE WATER MAN. He advocates the provision of safe, healthy water to every Naija citizen. He has risen to lead a multi faceted approach to ensure that the best production practices take place without any compromise on quality, the defaulters are penalised and soft loans are made available to all those Nigerians who aim at setting up a production business.

The Pure-Water Man is the ultimate endorser of Cleanliness, Purity, Sterility and Hygiene. To address the problems caused by inappropriate disposal of plastic bags, he proposes the use of eco-friendly and sustainable plastic bags and launches a campaign for the redefinition of plastic packaging.

The future of Nigeria, thus, appears to be a secure one with THE PURE-WATER MAN ensuring minimum environmental degradation and maximum safety measures for the production and packaging of drinking water.