4-Month Blackout Hits Rivers Community


Although many residents of Rivers State are at present expressing joy over improved power supply by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), the people and residents of Ndele community in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State have their tale of woe as they have remained in total darkness for over four months.

Also affected is the Ndele campus of the Rivers State University of Education.

Their story of blackout began February this year when economic trees fell as a result of a rainstorm, destroying PHCN facilities which connect Ndele with Rumuji, a neighbouring community.

Narrating their sordid tale to our reporter who visited the area, the regent of the community, Chief Emmanuel Alete, said immediately after the unfortunate rainstorm, the committee incharge of light in the community contacted the office of the PHCN and was told what to do to restore light  to the area.

He regretted that when the committee met the conditions demanded by PHCN, light was restored but few days later, light went off again.

“Since then and till now that I’m speaking to you, we don’t have even a flicker of light”, he said.

The royal father expressed worry that even now that their neighbouring communities are having 24 hours light due to improved power generation in the state, his community has remained in darkness.

According to him, the unfortunate absence of power supply in the community is frustrating social and business life in the area.

He appealed to the government and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to urgently come to their aid by repairing the destroyed facilities so that light could be restored.

Also speaking in similar note, Mr Kingsley Anuri said life in the community is like hell as small scale business operators who cannot continue to generate power through private generators have packed up.

While commending the Rivers State Governor, Rt Hon Chibuike Amaechi for the efforts of his administration towards power generation, Mr Anuri, who was a former youth leader in the area, appealed to the governor to help the community to get back light so that it would not be left out in the success story of the state in improved electricity supply.


Chris Oluoh