IYC va­cates Disco of­fice as Bayelsa re­solves face-off

The Punch - - NEWS - Daniel Igoni with agency re­port

THe Bayelsa State Gov­ern­ment on Wednesday re­solved the rift be­tween the ijaw Youths Coun­cil and the Port Har­court elec­tric­ity Distri­bu­tion Com­pany, lead­ing to power cut in the state since De­cem­ber 23, 2019, the News Agency of Nige­ria re­ports.

The Chair­man, Cen­tral Zone of the IYC, Kenedy Oloro­gun, who con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment to NAN, said they had agreed to va­cate the PHEDC premises.

He said the peace talks bro­kered by the Sec­re­tary to Bayelsa Gov­ern­ment, Kemela Okara, paved the way for the youths.

NAN re­ports that the youths shut down the or­gan­i­sa­tion in protest against epilep­tic power sup­ply in the state.

Oloro­gun said, “We have sus­pended our protest at the in­stance of the Bayelsa State Gov­ern­ment; there is a com­mit­ment from the gov­ern­ment to pre­vail on the

PHEDC to re­store nor­malcy within 48 hours.

“We have shifted grounds and the onus is on the gov­ern­ment to en­sure that the com­pany lives up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We took this ap­proach to make it clear that the sta­tus quo is no longer ac­cept­able.

“if they fail, then we shall be left with no op­tion but to ad­vo­cate the re­vo­ca­tion of their op­er­at­ing li­cence to cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity for a com­pe­tent op­er­a­tor to take over there.”

The Man­ager Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, PHEDC, John Onyi, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment, promis­ing that power sup­ply would be re­stored im­me­di­ately it was safe to do so.

“The IYC has va­cated our premises and as we speak we are work­ing to re­store sup­ply im­me­di­ately.

“But our en­gi­neers are do­ing the nec­es­sary checks to en­sure that the feed­ers are in or­der and the net­work is sta­ble to de­liver power.”

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