Residents Decry Power Outage In PH

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Residents of Rukpokwu, a Port Harcourt suburb, have lamented a prolonged power blackout in the area.
Some of the residents who spoke to The Tide at the weekend, said even when some of them were upto date in terms of bills payment, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) had continued to deny them of supply.
Mr  Nnayereugo Asawabelem, a wood worker, said there had been no electricity supply in the area for some time now.
He recalled that the town has spent over 21 days without light, which he said was responsible for low business patronage.
Asawabelem appealed to the power company to come to their aid and rescue them from what he described as a sorry situation.
Also speaking, another resident, Mr Uche Amadi, said that the situation had increased the level of hardship being faced by the people.
He regretted that PHED was only interested in profit making without regard to its customers’ feelings.
Amadi, explained that the people had never defaulted in the area of bill payment, and added that their effort  ought to be rewarded.
He said that the only alternative was to open more opportunities for other power supply companies to come in, in order to break PHED’s monopolistic power.
The Tide gathered that a similar situation was experienced in Igwuruta, an airport community for close to 30 days.
The situation, as it was learnt, was restored few days ago, in an epileptic manner.
Meanwhile, they have called on the federal government  and its agencies to come up with stiffer measures that could spur the electricity company to action, as they hinted that epileptic power was the bane of businesses in the country.