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