Lafia community protests 8 months power outage

Lafia community protests 8 months power outage

By Oboh Linus

Residents of Ungwar Yazawa community in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State on Monday stormed Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) Head Office in Lafia to protest what they call perennial power outage in the area.

Spokesperson of the community, Shuibu Zanwa-Buba, told newsmen during the protest that they had been without electricity supply for over eight months.

He said that the protect became necessary, alleging that AEDC had not shown commitment towards addressing their plight.

Zanwa-Buba said that the electricity transformer in the area spoilt up about eight months ago after which the community approached the Nasarawa State Government for assistance and eventually got a new one.

“When the transformer got bad, we wrote to Gov. Abdullahi Sule and he graciously approved and released the electricity transformer to us for over two months now, but AEDC has refused to connect us.

“AEDC seems to be deliberately working against the interest of the community for the reasons best known to it,” he said.

He appealed to Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to call AEDC to order considering the untold hardship the people of the community had been passing through.

Responding, AEDC Manager, Human Resources, Hajiya Zainab Ibrahim, appealed for calm and promised that the transformer would be powered before the close of work on Monday. (NAN)

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