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.