Niger State youths, under the umbrella of the YouthLeadNigeria, agitating against the consistent power outage in the state, have threatened to shut down the three power plants of Shiroro, Kainji and Jebba as they resumed their protest in Minna on Sunday.
The President of the group and convener of the protest tagged #powerpowerstate, Comrade Mohammed Etsu during a press conference at the weekend in Minna vowed that the youths would resume protest they suspended recently.
He said that all youths from the state will commence a sit out protest that will culminate in the shutdown of the Shiroro hydro electricity power station if the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) failed to meet the demand of steady electricity supply in the state. He also explained that body of youths has also engaged legal experts to institute a suit of N100 billion as damages for customers resulting from estimated billings and frequent power surge, in which several people have died and houses burnt without compensation.
He said the suit will soon come up for hearing at the High Court, adding that the group has gathered enough evidence and data to prosecute its case against the insensitivity of the company
Etsu said: “We have decided to embark on this protest and we will shut down the power stations if government and AEDC ignore our demands.
“Niger State has three power plants and yet we are always in darkness.
“We the youths say no to this kind of injustice and oppression.
“We will march from Shiroro power plant to Jebba and Kainji and shut them.
“We don’t mind the consequences.
“Unless the AEDC improves power supply to Niger State.”
He also noted that most small scale business ventures such as barbing saloons, tailoring shops, have packed up due to lack of adequate power supply.