A group of aggrieved women numbering over 50 protested last week to Diobu Business Unit of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) over what they described as frustrating power outage in their area.
The women, who identified themselves as Adelabu women, matched in their black attire along the popular Ikwerre Road with bells and empty cans, chanting emotional songs.
A member of the group, who identified herself as Chinyere Obed told The Tide that they were in the PHCN office to express their anger and to demand explanations why Adelabu Street had been denied light for months.
According to Mrs. Obed, all efforts by the men to get the company to supply light to the street had not yielded any positive result, adding that one of their line up of actions was to visit the company office to hear from the PHCN officers whose responsibility was to supply power in the area.
“For over eight months now, we don’t have light and even when it comes, what we see is quarter current that cannot carry ordinary fan, let alone refrigerator,” she said.
She further explained that the situation of power supply in the street was making life unbearable and frustrating business outfits in the area.
“We know that all is not well with power supply in the country, particularly in Port Harcourt, but I want to tell you that ours is different when compared with what obtains in the other streets, especially nearby streets,” she continued.
She regretted that in spite of the fact that they were denied of light, PHCN officers come regularly with bills, and wondered why they were only interested in collecting bills while the services remain poor.
The Corporate Affairs Manager of PHCN in the Diobu Business Unit, Mr Herbert Ani, who addressed the protesting women, said the cause of the power situation in the area was technical fault which the company was doing everything possible to fix.
Mr Ani urged the women to remain calm, and assured them that the company would restore light to the street.
He said PHCN is committed to improving the present power situation in spite of some challenges facing the company.
When The Tide reporter visited the street Wednesday, which was a day after the protest, it was observed that PHCN had fulfilled its promise as made by the company image maker as light was restored in the street.
However, on Saturday, The Tide gathered that the women were planning another round of protest as there was blackout again.
Mr. Obinna Nicholas Nwaekeala, youth leader in the street said PHCN only brought light the day after the women protested, and since then, the situation had gone back to what it used to be.
One of the women, who spoke to The Tide disclosed that the women have started mobilizing for another round of protest.
“We are not protesting to PHCN office this time around. We are matching straight to the Government House so that Governor Amaechi will hear our cry,” she said.
“We pay our bills regularly but why our own case is different is what we must find out,” she remarked.