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Mararaba residents decry unstable power supply

25 December 2015, 06:59

Mararaba - A cross section of Nigerians residing on Abacha Road, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, has decried the unstable power supply in the area.

The residents made this known in separate interviews on Thursday.

The area experiences "light rationing" a situation whereby electricity is on for two days consecutively and off for the same period.

Ubong Bassey a business man residing in the area, described the rationing as unfair as other areas in the neighbouring Federal Capital Territory have more stable power supply.

He explained that the essence of rationing was to shed load on a transformer and wondered why the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was not providing more transformers.

"The light rationing in this area does not make any sense; AEDC is just punishing us.

"It is totally unfair because everybody has stable light now and we are still rationing here.

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"In my compound, we have our own transformer but they will still come and disconnect our light even though there is power on the high tension, it’s not fair at all," Bassey said.

Anthonia Obute, who operates a salon in the area, said that the light rationing was impacting negatively on small-scale businesses in the area.

She added that disconnecting electricity for two days in the name of rationing was too much, stressing that businesses in the area operate at a loss for those two days.
She called on the state and federal governments to review the arrangement as it was affecting the economic growth of the nation.

Reacting to the complaints, Alex Anago an official of AEDC, assured the residents that the light situation would become stable before the end of the year.

He explained that the rationing became imperative to evenly shed the load on the transformer, which he attributed to the population density of the area.

"We are working towards stabilising the power supply by the end of this year by providing more transformers in this area.

"This will enable us to adequately shed the load on the current available transformers," Anago said.



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