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Residents go almost four months without electricity

21 September 2013, 16:00

Lagos - The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has assured residents in Ije-Ododo in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State that electricity supply would be restored to the community by Thursday, after almost four months without electricity.   

The community has been without electricity supply since June 1 following destruction of PHCN installation by pipeline vandals.
Gbenga Asha, the Senior Manager, Distribution, Ikotun Business Unit of PHCN, told NAN that electricity supply would have been restored to the area before now, but for some challenges.

He said that some poles, which were replaced following the destruction, collapsed while the repair work was going on thereby causing a setback.

Asha blamed the swampy nature of the area and the rains for the delay in early completion of the work.

He appealed to the residents to be patient as the unit was working to restore power supply to the affected area.

Some residents told NAN that the power outage had paralysed business activities in the area in the last four months.

They said that the problem had been on for too long and wondered why it took the unit so long to restore electricity supply to the community.

Idowu Taofeek, the Chairman of the Ije-Ododo Community Development Association, urged PHCN to complete the job by Thursday as promised.

Taofeek said that lack of electricity supply had brought untold hardship to the residents.

"For the past four months, the whole community has been in darkness.

"We are appealing to PHCN to restore power supply to our community by Friday so that the community can celebrate the Independence Day with electricity,” he said.

The community leader said that hoodlums had capitalised on the blackout to rob residents of the area at will. (NAN)



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