IYC vacates Disco office as Bayelsa resolves face-off
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.”