Some residents of Madalla town in Niger State at the weeknd trooped to the street, to protest the epileptic power supply which they stated have been going on for years in the area.
The protesters, who were at the office of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), said that power supply in the area have consistently been epileptic, adding that after they had laid many complaints with the AEDC, with no result and had decided to hit the street.
Speaking to LEADERSHIP during the protest, the chairman of Madalla Barbers Association, Mr. Justice Ochime, stated that most times electricity comes midnight when the business men in the area needed it less, adding that many of their businesses have crumbled due to the electricity challenge.
He also accused the AEDC of giving electricity to the highest bidders in the area, alleging that wealthy men in Madalla were given an electricity line called "The Black Line" which gives them 24 hours power supply.
Also speaking, another resident, who is also the head of the Revolutionary Council of Nigeria, Pharm. Okenwa Enyeribe urged the AEDC to provide pre-paid meters to the community, urging it to also reduce the huge bills estimated for the people in the area.
Responding, the area manager of the AEDC in the area, Mr Ismaila Yakubu, stated that the electricity company is doing everything possible to bring about stable light in the community, adding that he had ordered the stoppage of issuance of the 33KV Line, called Black Line in the area.
"The management is making effort to ensure that the light. The contractor did not supply the right equipment we ordered which brought the delay. Your grievances are understood. We came in barely five years ago and we are trying to do our best to make things work.
The 33KV line in question, I met it this way. However, I have put a stop to it. It is what my company inherited from PHCN that we are working on. We will not rest until your issues are addressed. The company has made arrangement on the issue of pre-paid meters and Madalla will be the first beneficiary when the meters are supplied because our office is right in your area," he said.