I think I'm getting back on the blogging track.
This morning I was reading Friday's "The Punch" newspaper.
The cover story was "Nigerians spend $13bn on generators annually"
For those of you who haven't been to Nigeria, it is a country of contradictions. You can have great roads or poor roads. You can have all the champagne you want, but your electricity (if you have it) turns off several times a day (and then you hear the rumble of a diesel gas generator).
According to the story above, Nigerians spend roughly 13 BILLION USD a year on diesel generators. Note that this number doesn't include how much they pay for their electric bills (whether or not they get electricity).
President Goodluck Jonathan, who has been publicly condemning the power problem (and reiterating his administration's determination to solve it), addressed international power sector investors at a presidential retreat last week.
The strange thing is that he also said "from 2011, the Federal Government would cease further investments in power generation in distribution."
So, perhaps I misunderstood something. If power is a priority, then why stop paying to solve it?
Now, I understand working with the private sector to try and stem corruption and mismanagement. I also understand splitting the costs (private public partnerships) with the private sector to try and improve things.
What I don't understand the Nigerian government not paying to solve its own problems.
What do you think? If you have better information on this, please let me know.