Residents Storm PHCN Office, Over Poor Power Supply


Residents of Alaso community along AIT road in Alagbado area of Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area, Lagos State, southwest Nigeria, recently took to the streets, protesting against poor electricity supply to their community.

The residents, who said they were angry by the lack of electricity supply stormed the Business District Office of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, office in Ipaja, chanting solidarity songs, expressing displeasure over poor power supply; and claiming that they had never been treated well by PHCN officials.

A resident who identified himself as Sunday, and claimed to have lived in the area for over 10 years, stated that they hardly get 15 days electricity supply in a month because of load shedding among surrounding communities like Amikanle, Anjorin, Ogundare and Ogungbayi.

The people also complained that men of the PHCN usually issue crazy bills.

“We are here to complain about the crazy bills and the poor power supply to our area. We are good citizens, but we cannot be paying for services we don’t enjoy,” another resident said.

Lanre Majekodumi, a businessman who operates a viewing centre in the area said he has never witnessed power outages such as in the last one year.

Bose Adediwura who operates a pub in the community, said “the situation is digging unhealthy holes in our pockets, because we spend so much to buy fuel and ice-blocks on a daily basis. My business demands that I have stable power supply,” she lamented.

Addressing the protesters, Pastor Victor Fadodun, the chairman of the Community Development Association CDA, said the CDA has held several meetings with the management of PHCN over the epileptic power supply without positive result.

“The CDA has continued to appeal to residents to pay their bills regularly, but they don’t enjoy what they are paying for. It is very unfortunate,” he stated.

Fadodun appealed to residents to be law-abiding while urging PHCN authorities to intervene in the face-off between the residents and their organisation without delay.

A PHCN engineer who does not want to be named because he has no authority to speak on behalf of PHCN, appealed to the residents to remain calm. “The engineers are working round the clock to rectify the situation,” he appealed.

—Alex Akinyele

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