Fact check: SA radio host claims Nigerians have 100m private generators

Fact check: SA radio host claims Nigerians have 100m private generators

Radio host Bongani Bingwa recently told 702 listeners that Nigerians have 100 million privately-owned generators to combat their issues with electricity supply. Briefly.co.za has a look at the facts behind the claim to see if there is any truth to it.

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Rumours abound that after last week's election, Eskom will be resorting to load-shedding once more.

While this has yet to be confirmed, Bongani Bingwa wanted South Africans to come up with their own solutions to ensure they stayed powered even during the blackouts.

During the conversation, Bingwa claimed that Nigerians, who are in a constant battle to keep the lights on, privately owned 100 million generators. Briefly.co.za has a look at the facts to see if this is really the situation.

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Nigeria's electricity supply is erratic, no doubt about it but, according to Africa Check, there is no data on generator ownership in the country.

One survey claimed that 31.8% of a sample of around 4 500 households own generators. With the nation's population size in dispute, there is no way to broaden this into a national figure.

Last year, Nigerians spent around R7 billion on generators, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, but they could not divulge exactly how many units that translated into.

While Africa Check has indicated that a questionable electricity supply has indeed forced both businesses and private individuals to turn to alternative supplies, no concrete evidence can be found to ascertain how many generators the country actually owns.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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