PHCN, save us from transformer 14-14
By now, everyone appears to have come to terms with the conclusion that many Nigerians have reached that the power problem in the country is intractable, despite the rosy picture that government officials try to paint in the media.
From discussion groups on social media and practical experience, it does appear that the situation is getting worse, not better. People have their individual experience to illustrate this fact.
For us in Gbazabgo in the Pipeline Area of Kubwa, in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, it has been one continuous period of unremitting blackout, It has been so for nearly a year now. Almost 12 months! We pay our bills; but we get darkness as reward.
And because most of the residents of this area have prepaid meters installed, no Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) officials come round to check whether there is supply problem.
When you manage to get through by phone to lodge a complaint, nothing happens for days. When the officials fix the problem, supply lasts for a couple minutes, and we are back to darkness again. In the last one month, this area has got a total of about one hour of supply. It’s a crying shame. If staff members are paid on the basis of revenue they generate, perhaps we would have a better deal.
The Kubwa PHCN Business Manager’s office is not responsive either.
Who do we complain to? Please, whoever it is, whether it is the Minister of Power, or Minster of FCT, or whoever, we want to let them know that we are suffering in this area, which is connected to a transformer that the PHCN personnel identify as 14-14. We pay our taxes; we settle our electricity bills. So why should we be treated this way?
Help us; we dying from heat; our children are developing heat rashes and other heat related ailments. We live like primitive people in a suburb of the capital of Africa’s largest and richest nation, seeing our way with candles and the bewildering cacophony of generators. We can’t stock up in refrigerators anymore. Haba!
Marcus Shyenkut, Bola, Gbazango, Kubwa, FCT