The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Rivers State has said that the continued power outage in the state is due to on-going technical repairs that exceeded the targeted time.
PHCN’s Public Relations Officer in the State, Mr Paul Onyi, gave the reason in a statement in Port Harcourt.
Onyi said that the technical repairs and reconditioning on the Afam 132KVA double circuit lines, which started on Aug. 7, had not been completed.
Our correspondent reports that the power outage, which has lasted for more than two months has posed difficulties to power consumers in the state.
Most hit by the power outage are business operators, who now pay more on diesel and petrol to keep their businesses on. Onyi noted that the job, which was planned to take a period of five weeks was still in progress due to the inaccessible ways at Eleme Junction, Rumuogba, Rumuomasi, Ogbunabali and Trans-Amadi areas. He appealed to on the people of the state to be patient in order to enable PHCN do a good job on the power installations. The public relations officer said that the PHCN had fixed mid October as the new target for the completion of the on-going job.
“We must thank the members of the public, who are our customers for their understanding during this trying period, we sincerely call for your patience, so that we can get things right,” he said.