No doubt, without daily supply of uninterrupted electricity, it is going to be hard for any nation to join in the 21st century economy. Since Thomas Edison discovered electricity, not very much has changed in the basic content of what 'electric' is. In the case of Nigeria, it does not matter 'smart grid' or the old 'grid', the problem with
Granted that electricity first showed up in Nigeria in 1894 [Ijaro Paower Station] about 20 years after
It was after the war, when Nigerians elected to vandalize and undermine public utilities that power started to be unreliable. On top of that, NEPA became highly inefficient, and power supply in
States need not jump into the business of power generation. Reasons are plenty to support why such a move will further crumble a bad situation. Apart from a handful of states, many Nigerian states are hardly economically and financially viable to afford the long term capital investment required to own and operate efficient power generating plants. Private corporations are no better.
Electricity is never and cannot be delivered in cyber. There is still need for a medium such as line, poles and substations to ensure constant supply. All that a smart grid does is to ensure regulation, reliability and ability to move power from point to point. Its supply must be regulated via an efficient network of sophisticated computers that monitor loads and needs.
NEPA’s existing grid should be expanded and used strictly to transmit while other service providers distribute to consumers. The old idea and management whereby NEPA generates, transmits and distributes, coupled with its inefficient and poor administrative system, helped nailed
Smart grid or not, the human attitude must first be cured and addressed, before any technology can function. Nigerians like to work against anything to help them live better lives. Some attitude adjustment will do the country a dose of help than anything else.
By Ejike e Okpa ii