Bauchi residents lament erratic power supply


By Ayinde Olaïde

Some residents of the Bauchi metropolis have expressed concern about the region’s irregular power supply.

Some of the locals who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in separate interviews said the situation had made life unbearable for them.

NAN reports that the Gwallameji area in Bauchi and other parts of the metropolis have remained in the dark for the past few months following the vandalism of electrical installations in the affected community.

They urged the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDCO) to tackle the problem and take proactive measures to protect its facilities from acts of vandalism.

Mr Paul Ugochukwu, a resident of the metropolis’ Rafin Zurfi region, said they had suffered an irregular power supply in the past three months following the alleged destruction of the power transformer in the area.

Ugochukwu said the power outage associated with a pest mosquito had a negative impact on his well-being.

“We are experiencing epileptic power supply for the past three months, we have spent days without light in the area.

“We need light for household use and most families cannot afford to buy generators to meet their household needs.

“Children couldn’t watch movies on TV, the trend had a negative impact on their well-being.

“It’s disheartening that consumers are paying their bills quickly, but not getting their money’s worth,” he said.

Ugochukwu called on the company to take proactive measures to improve response services to meet consumer needs.

Mr. Olayemi Abisayo, a resident of Gwallameji, said the prolonged power outage had affected businesses and water supply services in the area.

Abisayo alleged that boreholes and other water sources were closed, a situation that forced residents to consume unhealthy water from vendors.

However, Ms. Talatu Mohammed, a resident of Yelwa Tudun, praised the appreciable improvement in the community’s power supply.

“There has been light in our region for some time now, however, the situation is different in Gwallameji, Rafin Zurfi and other parts of the metropolis.

“People should help protect electrical and other critical installations in their respective communities,” she said.

In his response, Mr. Mohammed Nasir, regional network engineer for JEDCO, said the company has introduced new programs to improve the electricity supply to consumers in its franchise.

Nasir noted that there had been no reports of theft and vandalism at its facilities in Rafin Zufi, Gwallameji and other areas of the metropolis.

The company, he said, would investigate the matter and reiterated its commitment to improving the power supply in its area of ​​operations.


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