How Not To Compare Nigeria With Ghana
Nigeria News takes a look at the power situation in Nigeria and how not to compare it with that of Ghana.
Ghana and Nigeria have shared so many things in common. Besides having somehow similar culture, the two black African countries have always been friends that will gladly support each other’s foreign policies.
However, they are rivals when it comes to sport, especially football. It has always been a war on this path. They are intermarried and welcoming to each other.
At a time the Ghana economy was bad, most Ghanaians found solace in Nigeria until a military government took over to send them packing. Yet, there is no love lost between the two countries.
However, at present, it is Nigerians that are rushing to Ghana to seek greener pasture. Many of the foreign students in Ghana are Nigerians, mostly children of the political elites.
Their reasons for sending their children to Ghana is because of the regular power supply and quality university education. No doubt, Ghana has a very good structured educational system.
Even during her downtime, Ghanaian teachers who flooded Nigerians did exceptionally well for Nigeria. I could remember the likes of Messrs. Kofi and Owusu who taught me English Language and Accounting respectively in my secondary school days.
But it must be noted here that Ghanaian education sector did not just come up, the success in the country’s education is all-encompassing and it has to do with its stable democracy and a successful fight against corruption, which of course the present Nigerian Government is battling with now.
However, when one begins to compare Ghana’s energy requirement with that of Nigeria, it will sound stroppy because of the population difference.
As at 2018, the Ghana population is a little above 29 million compared to that of Nigeria 180 million. Ghana is generating over 3, 000 megawatts of electricity at present and may go higher to solve her power problem, which of course is the biggest impediment to her industrial development.
Lagos alone consumes over 1, 000 megawatts of electricity with the population of over 20 million almost equal the whole population of Ghana.
Yet, the power is not enough for Lagos. There have been complaints lately in many areas of the power outage. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola appeared on a national television last week to say that Nigeria is now generating over 7, 000 megawatts.
He said that more would be generated as the Federal Government continues to put money in building power infrastructure and also curb vandalism of electricity facilities and gas pipelines.
According to him, there is no basis for comparing Nigeria with Ghana or Republic of Benin. He noted that the quantity of power, about 400 megawatts that supply Abuja is what the Republic of Benin, a whole country will need to service its economy.
Currently, the Federal Government has spent about $2.3 billion in less than three years to raise the power generation to $7, 000 megawatts which of course is a better deal when compared with the eight years of the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose government squandered $16 billion on power without results.