Residents of Port Harcourt City and its environs have expressed gratitude to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) over what they observed as steady power supply during the Christmas celebration.
Our power reporter who reached out to some residents on how they felt about electric supply during the celebration said, it was quite gratifying that the company lived up to its promise of giving adequate power supply to the city.
Mr Jack Elendu who resides at Rukpokwu said for the first time in the past four years, the community expressed steady supply during this year’s Christmas day celebration.
According to Elendu, “before the Christmas day, we use to get between four to six hours supply, but I was surprised when our light remained throughout the night of 24th December and till evening of the 25th December before it was taken back.”
He commended PHCN for the positive surprise and urged the company to be consistent with the new record it had set.
Also in Mile III Diobu area of Port Harcourt, Mr Emma Ejigini said PHCN deserves award for wonderful performance and it has proved that the company can do better.
He explained that his street which held its street carnival on 24th December had the fear that PHCN may not give us light until we see them but even when we didn’t, and also had to hire standby generators in case of power failure, you see we did not use any the generators throughout the night. Even on Xmas day, light was steady until 4pm.”
In Borokiri area of Port Harcourt, the story was not different. Mrs Amange Clara said, we had our normal electric light. PHCN has tried this time and I hope they continue.
However, Chief Joseph Wali of Rumueme accepted the light was regular but appear to have a grouse with PHCN. He said PHCN issued his compound an “over bill” last month and is yet to explain why.
“I praise PHCN for improved electric supply during the Christmas but I mark the company low for the inconsistent billing.’