Artisans Seek Faster Privatisation of PHCN

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Some artisans in Ijesatedo area of Surulere, Lagos State, have urged the Federal Government to hasten the privatisation process of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) so that it would serve Nigerians better.

Speaking with newsmen  in Lagos,  recently the artisans said that the prevailing erratic power supply was seriously killing their businesses.

A fashion designer at Moshalasi area, Mrs Tinuola Folorunsho, wondered when the Federal Government would be able to deliver constant power supply in the country.

Folorunsho said: “In spite of the government’s effort to ensure that constant power supply, we seem to go from bad to worse.”

Also commenting, Mr Yakubu Ishola, a barbing saloon operator on Ogunlana Street in Surulere, observed that most of the artisans in the area had abandoned their businesses to become commercial motorcycle operators.

“There is no electricity supply and they have to survive; that is why they are riding Okada.

“Even in my saloon, I use generator throughout the day but some people cannot afford the fee.”

Mr Godwin Isaiah, a dry cleaner at Omotayo Street, said due to the current situation, he had lost numerous customers and appealed to the PHCN to improve on its service delivery to save businesses from collapse.

Mr Kabiru Taiwo, a welding technician at Baruwa Street, observed that electricity supply had not improved with the high tariff charged.

Taiwo said that the new tariff should have been introduced when the supply improved.