In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, September, 2020

Complete Blackout In Maiduguri; Residents Cry Out

Total Blackout In Maiduguri; Residents Cry Out


Complete Blackout In Maiduguri; Residents Cry Out

Some residents of Maiduguri have cried out overpower outage adversely affecting town and its environs for the previous 5 days.

A cross-section of residents, who spoke on Wednesday in Maiduguri, mentioned the outage had affected many companies.

One of many residents, Salisu Mohammed mentioned “we use to get pleasure from regular electrical energy however now it’s a whole blackout. We thought it was simply the standard fault that will likely be rectified in just a few hours however we at the moment are on the fifth day.

“Workers of Yola Electrical energy Distribution Firm (YEDC) that we spoke with advised us that the fault was within the bush alongside Damaturu – Maiduguri highway which requires safety escort to restore due to insurgents,” Mohammed mentioned.

A tender drink vendor, Ibrahim Musa additionally lamented the dearth of electrical energy, which he mentioned was affecting his enterprise severely.

“ Maiduguri is sizzling and other people severely patronise chilly drinks now however this lack of electrical energy has dwindled our gross sales by 70 p.c,” Musa mentioned.

Some “zobo’’ drink hawkers, Amina Yakubu, Janet Isaac and Hajara Salisu additionally lamented in regards to the outage that had adversely affected their companies as a result of they might not discover ice blocks to purchase to chill their drinks.

“Most of our good points go to ice block sellers who’re additionally complaining of spending a lot on diesel to energy their turbines.

“The one answer is to restore the fault for us to have electrical energy,’’ Isaac mentioned.

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Nevertheless, for mechanics servicing turbines, their companies have recorded a growth.

In keeping with a mechanic, who merely recognized himself as Isa Mechanic, there’s a sudden rise in his enterprise as individuals are bringing their turbines to be serviced.

“As you’ll be able to see, I’ve seven turbines now to be serviced in contrast to earlier than when there was gentle, we hardly service two turbines a day.

“Throughout the interval that gentle was regular, we needed to discover ways to service “Keke Napep’’ to outlive,” Isa mentioned.

When contacted on the blackout, the Senior Supervisor, Company Communications of YEDC, Mr. Kingsley Nkemneme mentioned the fault was with the 330 KV TCN line alongside Damaturu-Maiduguri highway.

He mentioned work was ongoing by TCN to repair it and restore gentle to Maiduguri and its environs.

“I wish to plead with our prospects to bear with us and present understanding as we proceed to do our greatest to satisfy their calls for,” Nkemneme mentioned.

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