29th November, 2010
Residents of Ijeshatedo in Itire-Ikate Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West, Nigeria, has expressed dismay over the continuing electricity blackout in the area in the past four of five months.
The residents, according to sources, had been living without electricity since July and the situation has subjected the entire community to resolve to using alternative means of power supply such as generating plants, solar and inverters, which they say, take a large chunk of their income.
A residents of Adedoyin Street in the area, Miss Funmilayo Ajayi, told Lagos Bulletin they donâ€™t know what actually the problem is as none of the officials of PHCN is forthcoming with explanation to clear the issue.
According to the private school operator, most residents have been forced to close shop, while others had moved elsewhere since power was essential to their business, adding, â€œpower supply to this area is used to be good but the situation now is very bad to the extent that we only get supply for just one hour in three to four days in the last five months.
â€œPHCN should solve this problem so that we can enjoy Christmas and New Year celebration.â€
Another resident, a welder, simply called Baba Sade, said he spends huge amount on diesel to power his generator so that he will not disappoint his customers since the electricity supply by PHCN could not be relied upon.
â€œThe problem of electricity here needs Godâ€™s intervention. I spend half of the money collected from my clients on diesel because I hate to disappoint or lose them.
â€œWe are begging PHCN to save us and try to improve the situation.â€