Tuesday, March 15, 2011
NIGERIA'S POWER PROBLEM SOLVED, USING JAPAN MODEL?
Icheoku says the intractable power problem in Nigeria afterall have a solution - the Japanese way. Ten privately owned and operated electric companies providing power, from generation to distribution as well as supply to their delineated areas of the country. They are divided into ten sub-nationalities electric power companies of Hokkaido, Hokuriku, Chubu, Tohoku, Tokyo, Chugoku, Okinawa, Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu.
The authorities in Japan had since figured out that because each area of the country has certain peculiarities, with varying climate and geography, it would be foolhardy and unproductive for one company to manage the entire country's electric supply. Therefore since supplying energy to each region has its own special characteristics, they reasoned that in order to meet each local requirements, different companies has to operate as independent generators and suppliers, forging close relations with local entities towards each regional development. These companies also "cooperate with each other to ensure a stable and efficient nationwide electricity supply;" which transcends their allotted service areas for the benefit of the entire electric power industry in Japan. These companies collaborate among themselves to exchange electricity, to provide power efficiently, to cope with emergency situations such as power outages or failures or to meet peak-hour demands such as during heat-waves. To ensure the smooth operation of power exchange amongst these various providers and suppliers, extra-high voltage transmission lines connect the entire country from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. These companies similarly partake in the cooperative development of electric power technology and the sharing of resources.
Icheoku says, Nigerian government this one is for you to adopt in order to solve the lingering problems of the power sector which has defied every solution thrown at it in the past. Just emulate the Japanese, divide up the country and farm out each division's electricity requirement to different companies respectively. The Japanese have shown it can be efficiently done, so why not replicate same in Nigeria. Each contracting company will decide how best to generate its own electricity from nuclear to hydro to thermal to wind to solar and/or gas turbines. So with the problem solved, no one will ever complain that PHCN or NEPA has struck again or shout for joy each time light comes on. Nigeria is almost twice the size of Japan landmass although both has practically about the same population; so it makes for perfect replication for Nigeria to hug the Japanese way. Electricity is almost at par with fundamental human right in so many functional countries run by reasonable and rational human-beings; but in Nigeria, such officials as would make this possible are in the back pocket of generator mafias who profiteer from selling noisy polluting generating sets in Nigeria. It requires a president with some back-bone but Icheoku is afraid President Jonathan might not be able to stare down on these peddlers of death and dry their swamp by solving Nigeria's intractable power generation and distribution problem once and for all.