Power supply to households in Nigeria has dropped to 30 per cent of installed capacity in the first quarter of this year, from the 37 per cent obtained in last quarter of last year, Independent reports.

The new aggregated power poll results released by NOIPolls for the first quarter of 2017 showed that the lowest power supply to households in Q1, 2017 was observed in January at 21 per cent. The drop was attributed to the shortage of gas to the power generating companies and low water levels at the hydro power stations. However, in February 2017, there was a surge in the power supply as it rose to 35 per cent and it was also attributed to the increased amount of gas supplied to the power generating companies.

For Q1 2017, the monthly average cumulative hours of power supply experienced was recorded as 7.5 hours daily in January, which was the lowest. It went up to 9.8 hours in February, which was recorded as the highest. The results obtained from the poll also revealed that for Q4, 2016, average daily power cumulative supply was 9.6 hours, while in Q1, 2017, it dropped to an average of 8.9 hours daily, indicating a 0.7-point decrease.