1 February 2013

Nigeria: Epileptic Power Supply Crippling Mando

Everyone one though that with the name of change of National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) power supply would improve and stabilized for the better. Unfortunately it has only gone worse as a result of the fact that it is still being managed by the same set of people. PHCN has not met the expectations of its customers.

Assalamu Alaikum is an area in Mando in Jabi Local government area of Kaduna state where I reside. It has been in perpetual blackout owing to the attitude of PHCN staff. Recently, a transformer was installed in this area after much struggle by the community leaders with the help of the regional manager at the PHCN headquarters in Kaduna.

Within 48 hours of its installation, the transformer was vandalized and the entire community was levied some money for the replacement of vandalized parts and the fencing of the transformer, which they did, but up till now it has not being fenced.

The residents paid for the light that they did not consume, because you hardly have 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply in the area, with excuse the transformer cannot carry the area.

The complaint is day by from staff of transmission section in the area, because they keep visiting the transformer, looking for what to remove. Since I came there five years ago, I have never experienced supply for a month without one problem or the other.

This is a place that is supposed to enjoy supply for 24 hours, while the reverse has been the case. It has crippled the businesses in the area; the residents go to other area for grinding, welding, hairdressing, and a host of other daily needs.

The only solution to this problem in the area is, to mind, to deploy new staff and transfer some of the staff in the transmission section to different areas, so that the new ones would start from a clean slate to enable the area to see the transformation agenda of the present administration.

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