PHCN, save us from trans­former 14-14

Daily Trust - - VIEWS -

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

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