Power As It Affects Technology In Nigeria

Technology is forever changing the world we live in. They really are.

Technology has revolutionarily improved our lives – they are everywhere: in the air, water, food, business, Education, office, Electricity, shopping, Traveling, Banks, E.T.C.


At every point in time, we are surrounded by technology. Whether we are working or resting, technology is always in use. They can be found in almost everywhere and everything that is involved with our daily lives.

From bridging the distance between geographical locations, to increase the pace of life, technology has done it all. Communication is enhanced, travel is fast, movement is easy, action is quick, interactions have sped up and so has life. Tasks that once required long hours to carry out are now accomplished in minutes – The world is a global village today courtesy of technology.

As Technology continues to advance and drive more easiness to our lives, it becomes an undeniable factor to consider when it comes to nations building and capital development. This is as a result of its proficiency to significantly improve operations and lower the cost of doing business.

Case in Point: A few technicians controlling robotic systems can operate an entire manufacturing plant, likewise innovative inventory systems which are capable of supplying needed parts within a short time for assembly.

In the health sector, the invention of Nanotechnology has gone on to understand things at their nano level. Space exploration has gone on to explore extraterrestrial life. Genetic research has revealed how various traits or even hereditary diseases are transferred across generations. Processes like cloning and genetic engineering are attempting to alter traits in individuals.

Artificial intelligence can make machines learn, thus developing intelligence in them. Fourth generation technologies in mobile communication have achieved amazing speeds in voice and video communication on cellular networks. Things we would never have imagined have come into reality due to the application of technology.

Let’s Come Home:

In Nigeria, Technology is momentously making positive waves. We can see it in improved modeling systems of industries, Advanced Healthcare schemes, value-adding Educational resources, upgraded communicating Methodologies, and sophisticated military campaigns.

The Caveat:

The Nigerian Technology is not living up to its optimal potential. This is evident in our Recent Economic Status. With a population of almost 196 million people, Nigeria continues to stand out in the World Bank’s 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals, which shows that 35 million more Nigerians are living in extreme poverty in 2013 compared to 1990. Among the ten most populous countries available, only Nigeria recorded an increase in the number of citizens living in extreme poverty over the period of the study.

Although Atlas defines Extreme Poverty as “living below $1.90 a day”, what should also be added to that definition is “Slow Advancement of technology”.

How can a nation develop, when there is a limited avenue for Optimal Usage of Technology?.

However, the success of technological advancement of a nation is hinged on basically two factors: consistent – reliable source of electricity, and the volume of technology savvy people who are willing to leverage technology to develop themselves and the entire nation. According to research, constant and reliable source of electricity is an utmost consideration for Technological development.

The Reason Being:

Electricity is central to the ability of almost all Modern Technological advancements. Our communication systems, industrial systems, and even the Health Systems are all dependent on electricity. We sometimes underestimate the brutality of power outages. Printing machines, Cell Phones, Refrigerators, E.T.C all become useless when their power supply is interrupted.

Truth Remains.

Electricity has an enormous impact on most industries. Its absence threatens the stability of even the most advanced technologies. When facilities are not optimally engaged, there tends to be a decline in productivity, and in a long-term, it could lead to a drop in a country’s GDP.

This, therefore, establishes beyond reasonable doubt, that there is a need for more investments into the Nigerian Power sector.

In Conclusion

Technology gives us the facilities that lessen the barriers of Under-development and Poverty. Let’s leverage it properly!!.


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