Residents protest 8 months power outage in Nasarawa

From Esther Akaa, Lafia

Residents of Ungwar Yazawa community in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa state, have protested lingering power outage in the community.

The Spokesperson of the community, Shuibu Zanwa-Buba, while speaking to journalists during the protest on Monday in Lafia, said they had been without electricity supply for over eight months.

Zanwa-Buba said the development has increased the level of insecurity in the area, alleging that despite complaints by residents, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) had been adamant about the plight of the electricity consumers.

He explained that the protest was staged to draw the attention of the Nasarawa state government and residents of the state on the unfair treatment and injustice being meted on the community by the AEDC.

“For the past eight months, residents of Ungwar Yazawa community in Lafia LGA have been living in darkness as there has not been electricity supply, despite the efforts we made to get a new electricity transformer from the state government but the AEDC has refused to connect us till now.

“Governor Abdullahi Sule approved our request and released the electricity transformer for over two months now but the AEDC seem to be deliberately working against the interest of the community for reasons best known to them.

“We are appealing to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission to intervene in this matter and call the AEDC to order, so that the new transformer would be fixed to ensure steady growth and development of the community,” he said.

Responding, the Human Resource Manager of AEDC, Lafia branch, Zainab Ibrahim, appealed for calm and promised that the transformer would soon be powered.

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