Electricity consumers complain of poor power supply in Akure

Small scale businesses like hair dressing and barbing salons and business centres are especially affected.

Electricity consumers in Ondo State are in for harder times as the solution to the prevailing epileptic power supply being witnessed in the state since February is not yet in sight.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the problem is due to faulty equipment at the National Distribution Centre, Osogbo, which the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, has been batting to rectify in the last four months.

The situation has forced the PHCN to resort to load shedding which has thrown several parts of the state into darkness for several hours in some areas; weeks and months in several others.

Worst hit is Oba-Ile community in Akure North Local Government Area where the community has been in total darkness since the beginning of this year. In Osinle area in Akure, residents were asked to contribute N10, 000 per house before electricity can be restored in their area.

Electricity consumers in the affected areas are groaning under the erratic power supply. Most times, PHCN restores light at odd hours- between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when people are away at work or at night when they are fast asleep. Households are then forced to climb out of bed to attend to chores that require electricity.

Many companies, businesses and commercial ventures are forced to rely on generators to power their equipment. This has increased production costs with hefty amounts being reserved for and spent on diesel and gasoline. Small scale businesses like hair dressing and barbing salons and business centres are especially affected.

A civil servant, Adewale Bello, lamented at the failure of the PHCN to be efficient.

“PHCN only makes electricity available when they are ready to distribute bills or disconnect electricity supply to debtors no matter how small the amount,” he said.


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