Thursday, August 16, 2007

When the Light is Here to Stay

Being away for the summer camp (and largely away from TV, radio, newspapers and the Internet) over the last week put me in relative isolation from what's been going on. My feeling of coming out of some kind of seclusion was heightened with the realisation that PHCN/NEPA really seems intent on improving its performance.

Over the last 2 or 3 weeks, we've had electricity most of the time. Whereas the old pattern was for PHCN to give us up to 15 minutes of light a day maybe twice a day, with the rest of the day spent in pre-historic like conditions. Now, we have light almost all day. I am so used to returning home from work to no light that it can be slightly unnerving to always have light. Where giving the gateman the key to get diesel to fill-up the generator was a daily occurence, I cannot remember the last time he reminded me that the generator needed diesel.

I discussed it briefly with my mum and she was equally as perturbed. We both wondered if all was well at NEPA.

Don't misunderstand me and think that I am actually complaining about the current state of things. No, no! It's just that when you have been used to coping with certain situations, you need to re-adjust when the situation changes. I just hope that very soon we will not have to return to the dark old days.


uknaija said...

Is it the yardy influence do you think? Or just randomness?

wordtryst said...

I started searching for blogs by women in Africa, and yours is the first one I stumbled across. Greetings from the Caribbean.

I can identify with the light situation to a point - we get frequent outages, then the water goes without warning... Most of the time the utilities are reliable, though. We've come a long way.

Although Nigeria is so far from here, I feel like Nigerians are my people too because I've had several friends from there - quite a few of our doctors are Nigerians, and many marry locals and remain here. I'll be dropping by your blog every now and then... so see you next time.

Ore said...

uknaija, I'm not sure. It seems to be the only likely explanation for now.

wordtryst, welcome to my blog. I can't wait to check yours out. Nigeria and its electricity and water situation is an old story. I am just glad that at least the electricity situation seems to be a little bit more stable at the moment.