IMPLICATIONS OF FOSSIL FUEL GENERATING SET ON RESIDENTS’ WELLBEING IN LAGOS, NIGERIA
Air pollution has been identified has one of the factors responsible for increase in the incidence of diseases and ill health in several developing countries. With incessant power outage due to poor capacity to generate electricity in Nigeria, majority of people has resulted into using alternative power sources including solar, battery powered inverter and fossil fuel generating set. This study investigated factors responsible for, frequency of and health implications of fossil fuel electricity generating set usage in Ikorodu, Lagos. Using multistage sampling technique, 186 households were randomly from 932 residential buildings in selected localities. Aggregate weighted mean index analysis was to analyse Residents’ Agreement Index (RAgI) and Generating set Impact Perception Index (GEPI). Findings revealed that irregular power supply, efficiency of generating set and low voltage of public supply were the major factors responsible the use of fossil fuel generating set RAgI values of 3.33, 3.14 and 3.09 respectively. On the whole, environmental effects of generating set were the most perceived impacts while the least perceived were the health implications with a mean GEPI of 3.93 and 3.29 respectively. Considering the multiplicity of effects on residents, fossil fuel electricity generating set is one of the major sources of electricity is not sustainable. Therefore, considerable efforts should be made by government to improve on the conventional means of power generation and supply.
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