Residents Of Makurdi Wail Over Power Outage

Residents and businesses’ owners in some parts of Makurdi have raised concerned over prolonged power outage they are suffering in the Benue State capital.

For the past one month, residents in Logo 1, Ayihe, Achusa, North Bank, Ankpa Quarters and Nyon areas have been groaning in darkness.

The residents are planning to stage a protest to Jos Electricity Distribution (JED), office in Makurdi.

Residents of these areas, who spoke, said even though the situation is getting worse, no explanation is coming from JED.

They urged JED to live up to its responsibilities to the consuming public by restoring regular electricity supply to the affected areas.

Some residents complained that their businesses have suffered losses in the last two months due to lack of power supply.

A welder, Chukwudi Obi, who resides and owns a shop on George Akume Way, New GRA, said his business had been grounded due to the prolonged power outage in the area.

We do not see electricity anymore and my business, which survives mainly on electricity, has been grounded in the last four months; and JED has not told us why we cannot enjoy electricity in an area that constitutes over one third of the land mass of Makurdi town.

On his part, Aliyu Mohammed, who owns a tailoring and barbing shop as well as reside the area, also decried the situation, saying that his businesses were being run on small power generators.

It’s been over four months of pains and suffering without electricity or epileptic supply, he said. Effort to reach the Makurdi Regional Manager of JED Mr. Olaniyi Oluwole was unsuccessful as the calls and text message sent to his phone were not responded to.


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