Utako vil­lage res­i­dents protest power out­age

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Richard P. Ng­bokai

The res­i­dents of Utako vil­lage, Abuja, have protested against a week­long power out­age in the area.

The protest­ing res­i­dents, who trooped in large num­bers to the Jabi area of­fice of the Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) lo­cated at Utako, at about 9:00a.m. on Tues­day, lamented the state of power sup­ply in Utako vil­lage, de­scrib­ing it as er­ratic be­fore it was fi­nally cut off one week ago.

Some of the res­i­dents who spoke to our re­porter said that de­spite pay­ing elec­tric­ity bills, power was cut in the en­tire vil­lage un­jus­ti­fi­ably, a de­vel­op­ment which has af­fected their busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

Mr Julius C. Tony, one of the res­i­dents that led the protest, said that the vil­lage has lodged com­plaints to the dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany about the power out­age but it did not take any ac­tion.

When our re­porter vis­ited the area of­fice of the AEDC at Utako, an of­fi­cial who pleaded anonymity, said that power was cut in the area be­cause of ac­cu­mu­lated un­paid bills that amounted to N11m.

The of­fi­cer, how­ever, said they have reached an agree­ment with the res­i­dents and their light would be re­stored.

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