The management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, (PHED) has released a press statement on the bizzare incident that happpened at Afam Transmission Station. It was reported that some group of persons known as Oyigbo Youth Assembly shut down Afam Transmission Station, thereby throwing the entire Port Harcourt metropolis into darkness. The incident happened about 10:34 am on Tuesday morning.
The statement reads;
‘This ugly incident is becoming the order of the day anytime disconnection of power supply to the community is carried out rising from non-payment of electricity bills in the last four years.
For instance, In January 2017, a similar action was meted out to electricity users when the youth in their large numbers forcefully asked the operator on duty to shut down the entire station,
It will be noted that the value of energy being wheeled to the community based on the statistical meter on their feeder is over N5.8billion cumulatively with an average consumption of over N140million on monthly basis.
Each time an attempt is made to enumerate the community for the purposes of accounting for the energy and sustainability of the power industry, it is always met with resistance from them.
Worrisome also, is the fact that all the commercial outfits in the area such as cold rooms, hotels, hospitals, welders, schools, among others are not allowed to pay for energy consumed, yet they are smiling to the banks with proceeds of their businesses.
On several occasions at different places, spanning over two years, meeting were held with relevant stakeholders including the Youth Assembly in order to explain the implication of not allowing PHED to collect their money, yet they pretend not to understand.
It must be noted that the survival of any business entity in the world thrives when customers pay for services rendered. Therefore, the management of PHED will continue to engage her customers to foster collective growth through the provision of electricity to her customers, however, it must be noted that electricity supply is not free.
Finally, we are appealing to Oyigbo Youth Assembly to vacate the Afam Transmission Station with a view to returning normal economic activities to Port Harcourt and its environs.”
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