Veteran Nollywood actor, Bob Manuel In this interview with Punch says he would have high blood pressure if he calculates the amount he spends on powering his generator monthly.
Do you also use generator like most Nigerians do?
Of course, I do, even more than most Nigerians. We have no choice due to poor power supply in the country. I rely mostly on generator for my power needs.
For how many hours in a day do you enjoy government power supply in your area?
I cannot estimate that. Sometimes there is electricity today, tomorrow there is none. It’s an on-and-off situation. Sometimes, there will be no power for weeks and I often forget there’s anything called government power supply. It’s just like what every other Nigerian experiences.
How much do you spend on powering your generators per month?
I have stopped calculating the amount. It is painful. You can just imagine if someone is spending just N1,000 per day to run a generator, in a month, you would have spent N30,000. Many Nigerians spend more than that per month. Personally, if I calculate what I spend on powering my generators, I will develop high blood pressure. I don’t bother again.
What advice would you give Nigerians?
Take things in order of priority. Draw a scale of preference. Then, to give a tip on saving fuel, when you turn on your generator, draw the fuel pump valve to half way. I have not really experimented it before, but I think it gives some psychological feeling that you are saving some fuel. Let other Nigerians try it and give me feedback.