Monday 26th June, 2017
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Blackout no longer acceptable, Gov Sani Bello tells AEDC

Blackout no longer acceptable, Gov Sani Bello tells AEDC

Niger State Gov­ernor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has decried the over one week power outage being experi­enced in the state, say­ing that the development was no longer acceptable to his administration.
The governor, there­fore, demanded for im­mediate power restora­tion in the state by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
Sani Bello spoke at the weekend when he com­missioned a multi-mil­lion dollar integrated rice milling plant in Bida, in Bida Local Government Area of the state.
In a statement issued on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace, the gover­nor lamented that most cities, towns and villages in the state had been without power supply for weeks and cautioned AEDC not take the pa­tience and level-headed­ness of the people of the state for granted.
He said: “Niger State alone contributes about 1,500 MW of power to the national grid but we are the worst hit state in terms of power sup­ply. During the raining season, we suffer a lot of flooding. Our people living in the riverine areas suffer every year. This year alone over 100 communities were sub­merged and yet we don’t have light.
“Minna, the state capi­tal and many towns in the state have been with­out light for over a week. This is not acceptable. I have discussed with the President and the Vice President. I have com­plained to the Minister of Power and people who care to listen and I don’t want to continue to complain.
“We know our rights. Whoever is in charge, whoever is responsible, I have one message: reverse the situation. We have been patient enough to be this peace­ful. We have complained and we have written a series of letters. Let the distribution company reverse the situation now.
“We are patient peo­ple, we are law-abiding citizens. Our patience, tolerance and obedi­ence should and must not be interpreted as weakness,” the governor warned.
The governor said de­spite the epileptic power supply to the state, gov­ernment has invested so much in buying trans­formers, a responsibility that rest squarely on the distribution company and the state still suffer blackout.
He maintained that the continued black-out in the state is not only inimical to its growth but capable of ground­ing the state economy.

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