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Power outages bedevil Lagos

07 January 2014, 16:40Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - Residents in several parts of Lagos State have lamented the epileptic power supply the region is currently experiencing.

According to residents, the setback has worsened by the day.

They thus were downbeat the privatization of the power sector was not having an impact.

Azuka Eboh, a resident in Bariga, told our correspondent that his community had nothing to celebrate this just-ended Christmas and New Year festivities owing to the outages.

“For two weeks now, we have not had even a minute of electricity supply. Even during the Christmas and New Year celebration period, the power company did not even bother to give us electricity. This is really bad for a country as big as Nigeria,” he lamented.

Another resident at the Lagos Island area of the state, Kehinde Ojo, also shared her disappointment.

The business woman told our correspondent she had to rely on a generator set to power her frozen food business for the past two weeks.

“The power situation has not been as terrible until recent times. The whole of this area has been in total darkness even before the Christmas period. All my frozen food items would have been damaged if I did not rely on my big generating set. Nobody is even telling us what is wrong,” she said.

This agency established that most areas of the state had been without power supply for up to three weeks while other areas barely got two hours electricity supply daily.

Sources at the Ikeja Power Company said the drop in power supply in the state was as a result of recent vandalism and shutdown of gas supply to the Escravos—Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS). The source said that the damages were being currently fixed and that normal electricity supply would be restore in the state by end of January.

– CAJ News


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