Seventy-eight percent of Nigerians still use alternative sources of energy  to fill the supply gap by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN),an opinion poll conducted by NOI Polls Limited has revealed.

It however said 67 percent of Nigerians are quite hopeful that the ongoing power sector reform and privatisation process would yield some positive fruits.

The power poll results, which were released in Lagos yesterday also revealed that 38 percent of Nigerians experienced slight improvements in their power supply in the third quarter compared to 33percent in the second quarter of the year .
It said the proportion of Nigerians that experienced decline in their power supply also reduced by 5-points in Q3 to 42 percent (down from 47 percent in Q2).

The NOIPolls introduced the Power Polls in April 2013 to explore the perception of Nigerians towards the power sector reforms, the amount of power supply received daily and expenditure on alternative sources of power.

A key finding from this poll highlights  in the third quarter further revealed that there was a 3-point increase between July and September in the proportion of respondents that claim power supply has improved a little and a 5-point decline in the proportion that claim power supply is very bad and has gone worse.

According to the poll, in September there was a balance in the proportion of Nigerians with positive and negative experiences with power supply since an equal percentage (41 percent each) indicated an improvement and a deterioration of their power supply in that month.

Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.