Daily Trust (Abuja)

11 December 2012

Nigeria: 'Ten Kaduna Villages Suffering Two-Year Long Power Outage'

Kaduna — Ten communities in Southern part of Kaduna State at the weekend lamented that they have been without electricity supply for over two years.

Daily Trust gathered that it took the intervention of the District Head of Madakiya in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state, Dr. David Kantiyock, to stop youths in the area from embarking on a violent protest over what they described as a conspiracy to keep them in darkness.

It was further gathered that Galadima, Abodari, Madakiya, Atat, Matsirga, Hayin Banki, all in the Southern part of Kaduna State have been in darkness for about two years, just as Kachia in Kachia Local Government, Idon in Kajuru Local Government and some communities under Saminaka in Lere Local Government Area are facing a similar challenge.

"While many Nigerians believe that power supply has improved in the country, our communities have been in the darkness for more than two years. We don't know what is happening. Each time we visited the office of the area manager here in Kafanchan, he promised that the situation would change, but till date, we have not witnessed any change", a youth leader in Abodari, Micah Malam, said.

Malam called on the government and relevant authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the problem.

"From our investigation, we discovered that Zonkwa was getting electric power supply from Kafanchan through Madakiya which passes through our communities. But now that they have cut us off, Zonkwa now gets its power supply from Kagoro instead of Madakiya. Is this not a conspiracy? "Malam said.

Speaking to Daily Trust, the District Head of Madakiya, Dr. David Kantiok, said they have been working hard to see that the communities get electricity supply to no avail.

"What the area manager keeps telling us is that the mobile transmitting station that will solve the power problems in Madakiya and other communities are in Kaduna, but that there are no vehicles to convey them. We have been having electricity supply since the 90s, how can we be kept in darkness for more than two years when people are saying electricity has improved in the country?" Katiyok said

When contacted, spokesman of Kaduna headquarters of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Baba Limmy said, "We have contacted the Kafanchan office concerning the issue, but I can't talk to you now because the management has not met on the issue."

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