By Our Reporter.
Early this morning, Monday 7th March, 2022, some residents of Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital barricaded the main entrance of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) along Makurdi road Lafia, demanding for full restoration of electricity in their area.
Carrying placards with different inscriptions ranging from: ‘AEDC is a crime’ ‘AEDC is a virus. Fix our light before in enter your office’ to Restore our light now’. the residents who claims to have come from Unguwar Yazawa insisted that unless AEDC restores their electricity they could not allow any staff have access to their offices.
They observed that AEDC in Lafia did not possessed the capacity, in terms equipments and manpower, to handle the Akurba 330 KVA line, regretting that despite billions, federal government spent on Akurba 330 KVA line to ensure residents of Lafia have full and steady power supply, the efforts is yielding little result.
They vowed that residents of Lafia could not sit idly watching AEDC sabotaging the efforts of federal government in providing electricity to the people of Lafia.
It would be recalled that only last week at weekly ministerial briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Media Team held at the Presidential villa Abuja, the Minister of power, Alhaji Abubakar D. Abdullahi was quoted as saying that the federal government has begun performance audit of electricity distribution companies (DisCos) from the post- privatization to December 2021 with a plan to sanction those found wanting.
Media reports said the Minister further reveled that, from January 2022, the performance of management of the DisCos had been fully transferred to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) from the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) and a robust team led by the Boston Consulting Group is carrying out a diagnostic performance of DisCos.
Based on the results, actions will be taken against underperforming DisCos under the guidelines of contractual agreements.
In the light of the above, some residents of Lafia Alleged that the performance of AEDC in Lafia is far below average.
‘AEDC in Lafia, we make bold to say, has not live up to the expectations of the people and have gone outside their contractual agreements with the federal government’
‘When President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the 330 KVA line in Akurba during his state visit which lasted for two days, the expectations of the people of Lafia and by extension, the people of Nasarawa state was, the poor electricity supply been experienced in the state for over three decades, would become a thing of the past, but to the surprise of all, the supply in Lafia has nosedived, forcing people to look for alternative source of generating power’.
Few days after commissioning of 330 KVA line in Akurba, by the President the jubilations of having 24 hours of uninterrupted power supply by AEDC has given way to despair.
People are now asking the real basis of having the 330 KVA line in Lafia, when people cannot have supply in their homes and work place.
Of –course, the federal government has invested heavily in stepping down the 330 KVA line in Lafia, with the hope that all problems associated with power supply is solved. But AEDC instead of rising to the occasion by complimenting the efforts of the federal government through repairs of all the three (3) injections sub-stations in Lafia, the reverse seems to be the case.
Of the 3 injection substations in Lafia, only one is working optimally, while the remaining 2 injection substations along Shendam road and Makurdi road have packed up.
Efforts to see the manager in charge of AEDC Lafia over these issues yielded no result.