Power sup­ply: Abuja con­sumers de­cry black­outs, me­ter­ing con­straints

Daily Trust - - ELECTRICITY - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Elec­tric­ity con­sumers in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal of Abuja and parts of Nasarawa State have de­cried the in­ces­sant power out­age ex­pe­ri­enced in the ar­eas.

In a sur­vey on the state of elec­tric­ity sup­ply in Abuja, some of the elec­tric­ity con­sumers who spoke with Daily Trust dur­ing the weekend com­plained of the power sit­u­a­tion, say­ing it has de­te­ri­o­rated since March.

Gabriel who is a res­i­dent in Apo District of the Federal Cap­i­tal lamented the pro­tracted black­out in his res­i­dence and his in­abil­ity to recharge his pre­paid me­ters.

He said: “We have not been hav­ing light and even my at­tempts to recharge my pre­paid me­ter from the Vend­ing Of­fice of the Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) busi­ness unit has proved fu­tile.”

Elec­tric­ity con­sumers in Kuje Area Coun­cil, and Kubwa area of the FCT equally ex­pressed their dis­may with the power sit­u­a­tion.

Mrs Farida Abubakar, a stylist in Kuje said her busi­ness was suf­fer­ing, adding that she now re­lied on the use of her gen­er­a­tor.

“I can’t make a mod­er­ate per­cent­age of what I used to be­fore es­pe­cially since March as elec­tric­ity sup­ply in my area has de­clined,” she added.

“Al­though we do have light, it is not as of­ten as be­fore and it is telling on us, yet we pay for light based on the es­ti­mated billing method,” Mr Ja­cob Omenka, who re­sides in Kubwa said.

The sit­u­a­tion is not dif­fer­ent in some parts of Nasarawa State neigh­bour­ing Abuja.

Mr Vin­cent Oy­iji of Aso Mararraba said power sup­ply was noth­ing to write home about.

“We are now back to the pre-pri­vati­sa­tion era where the Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN) held us to ran­som,” Oy­iji noted.

And in Masaka, in Nasarawa State, Anthony Sun­day said load shed­ding was now the or­der of the day.

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