The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has restored a shaky electricity supply in Trans Amadi, the industrial centre of Port Harcourt and other adjoining communities, after almost two weeks blackout that hit the area.
Our reporter, who has been monitoring the development, reports that the blackout, which affected Trans Amadi and 14 other adjoining communities, was restored over the weekend as they got light Saturday afternoon.
Mr. Ngozi Amadi, a resident of Oginigba community told The Tide that “for one week now, both the residents and corporate organizations have been frustrated because of the blackout.”
Another respondent, Mrs Gloria Ade, who relived the experience, also said that there was confusion over the actual reason for the unfortunate blackout as the outage came out at a time electricity workers were warming up for a nation-wide industrial action, and had promised the residents and corporate organizations total blackout.
Mr Emmanuel Anene, principal manager, public affairs, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, in a statement, blamed the outage on equipment failure which affected the company’s main substation that supplies power to the area.
He assured that the company was doing everything possible to ensure that the system failure was restored to normalcy.
The Tide gathered that apart from Trans Amadi, other places like Rainbow Town, Rumuogba, Rumukalagbo, Rumuokurusi, Rumuomasi, Mgbuesilaru, Rumuodara, Rumuibekwe, Elekahia, Okwujagu, Amadi Ama, Okuru, Abuloma, Elelenwa, Woji and Fimie were affected.
Both small and big business operators, who depend on public power supply were forced to shut down or resort to private generators for power supply, a situation that made the cause of production jump up.
Apart from the explanation of the Public Affairs Manager of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Emmanuel Anene, a dependable source from the company, who pleaded abnormity, told The Tide that “the power outage was because PHCN’s 33MV Transformer at Trans Amadi main substation was scaled by unknown persons, who stole the huge live transformer oil.”
However, jubilant residents who regretted the huge losses, commended the PHCN for restoring power supply to the area.
“Whatever could be responsible for the power outage, our prayer is that those who work in PHCN should consider the interest of the poor masses who cannot provide private generators for social and business life,” said Jonathan Nwalie, another respondent.