Azodo, Adinife Patrick*
Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria (email@example.com)
Limited access to quality and quantity electricity has remained an unresolved scourge in Nigeria. The ravage cuts across all electric energy utilization sectors in the nation especially the residential sector. This study highlights the sources of electric power supply, utilization features and effects of electricity deficits in Obantoko residents. A total of 124 households interviewed were selected using systematic random sampling techniques. This comprises of room(s), flat and duplex apartment inhabitants. The findings showed that despite the national grid connection, a significant number of households own and operate generators due to electricity shortfalls in the area. Comparative analysis of electricity supply status with that of countries in Southeast Asia such as India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan revealed that power supply deficit is a cognizant issue in developing countries. This essentially hampers domestic activities in the residential sectors. The effects on several households includes interruption of work, home discomfort, consequential effect on performance, increase expenditure, undue wastage, stress due to manual/mechanical household works and enjoyment/pleasure disruption. The salvaging role of private generators as an alternative source of power supply does not seem to significantly address the problem of electric power insufficiency in Nigeria as it poses its own challenges. There is therefore the need for improvement of the public source of power supply and adoption of other private alternative sources of electricity supply that have reduced operating cost and health implication.
Keywords: electricity; household; energy; consumption; source