A couple of communities in under the distribution zones of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) have been experiencing total blackout for some time now and the company has come out to clarify why that is.
According to Mr Emeka Ezeh, head of communications, EEDC on Thursday, the blackout was as a result of an electrical fault in Eha-Amufu that was yet to be cleared due to the insecurity and attack experienced by EEDC staff in charge of these areas.
The communities include Eha-Amufu, Ikem, Obolo-Afo, Orba, Eha-Alumona and Enugu Ezike, among other communities. These communities have been without power supply in the last two months and it was gathered that attempts by EEDC staff to rectify the problem and restore supply to the areas were rebuffed on June 8, as youths allegedly attacked them at Eha-
These communities have been without power supply in the last two months and it was gathered that attempts by EEDC staff to rectify the problem and restore supply to the areas were rebuffed on June 8, as youths allegedly attacked them at Eha-Amafu, destroying some equipment, furniture and other work tools at the EEDC Service Centre in the community.
In his statement, Mr Emeka Ezeh said that;
“EEDC staff going about their lawful duty were attacked and assaulted by over 300 youths of Eha-Amufu community on the 8th of June, 2017. The mob destroyed equipment, furniture, as well as other work tools at the EEDC Service Center in Eha-Amufu.
“As a business, we value our staff, and their safety is our greatest concern. In this case, the environment is no longer safe for our men to move in and clear the fault.
“It is important to note that prior to this incident, Eha-Amufu community enjoyed good supply, as they are fortunate to be situated at the source of supply, which radiates from Nkalagu. Due to this unfortunate incident, other communities feeding from the same line have been out of supply.”
However, in a conscious effort to resolve the issue and restore supply to customers, EEDC representatives have been meeting with Isi-Uzo Council Chairman, Benjamin Edeoga, some selected traditional rulers, the president general and other critical stakeholders of the communities. Mr Emeka added that;
“At these meetings, EEDC made some demands, some of which are: an undertaking by the community, assuring and guaranteeing EEDC of the safety of its personnel to enable them move in and clear the fault; replacement of all the destroyed equipment and providing the youths that perpetrated the act.
“We are not happy about this development; we are in business and have lost millions of Naira as a result of this incident. We are committed to providing service to our customers and expect them to pay for service rendered. If for any reason customers are aggrieved, there are established channels for them to channel their grievances. There is no justification for this gruesome act, and we condemn it in its totality.
“It is, however, expected that the issue will soon be resolved and supply restored to all the affected communities.”