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Residents demand improved electricity supply

09 February 2016, 19:35

Abuja - Some residents of the suburbs of Abuja have appealed to the Federal Government to improve electricity supply to their areas.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Abuja on Tuesday, that they had yet to benefit from the relatively stable electricity supply being experienced in Abuja.

Mr Murtala Mustapha, a resident of Zuba in the Gwagwalada Area Council of the FCT, said that the cost of diesel and maintenance of generating sets was overwhelming.

"Poor Nigerians are not happy in their homes because they don’t have electricity,’’ Mustapha said.

Chief Johnson Okechukwu, a businessman at Deidei Building Material Market, urged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to implement projects for which it would be remembered.

"I have a 150 KVA generator which is supposed to serve as standby to cater for short periods; but now that it is being used as the only source of electricity, it will spoil quickly.’’

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Alhaji Mufutaudeen Balogun, an Islamic scholar and resident of Zauda Village in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), said that the community had not seen light for the past two months.

Balogun attributed the blackout in his area to the deplorable condition of the transformer serving the community.

He appealed to the relevant authorities to assist the community by replacing the old transformer with a new one.

"This community has not seen electricity in the past two months, in spite of Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring stable power supply in the country.’’

Another resident, Mr Sikiru Muhammed, said the blackout in his area, had paralysed business activities.
He said the situation imposed additional hardship on owners of generators, making them to spend more money on the fuel.

"We call on the FCT Administration, particularly the Abuja Municipal Area Council to come to our aid and find a lasting solution to this situation.’’

Similarly, Mrs Comfort George, who runs a saloon, said that the inadequacy of power supply in the community was threatening her business.

"I spend over N12,000 to fuel my generator every week just to render service and satisfy my customers but at the end of the day, I hardly make profit,’’ George said.

She appealed to the relevant authorities to provide the community with a new transformer as the residents could not afford to buy one. 




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