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Blackouts: FCT consumers, business owners slam DisCo for erratic power supply

*Several concerned individual and corporate consumers in Abuja, FCT, have lambasted the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company for the power firm’s failure to live up to their expectations and improve their socio-economic life

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For apparent failure to live  up to expectations and improve its services, several power consumers and business owners in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have lambasted the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

ConsumerConnect gathered the concerned individual and corporate consumers said that the electricity Distribution Company (DisCo) had not lived up to their expectations, and they urged the company to improve its services.

The electricity consumers, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria Sunday, November 5, 2023, in Abuja, FCT, also decried the poor state of power supply to their homes, business premises and organisations in the region.

The power supply, they stated, has declined recently compared to how it has been in the past few months.

Relating her consumer experience with the AEDC, Mrs. Uche Amos, a Fashion Designer in Area 2, Garki Shopping Complex, said that the situation was so bad that for weeks, she had not been able to meet with her customers’ demands.

Mrs. Amos was quoted to have said: “We have not had electricity for close to three days now.

“I have to depend on generators and getting the fuel to power it is expensive because of the increase in the price of the product.

“It has not been easy with me at all as my customers are complaining seriously and this is not good for my business.

“I am appealing to the AEDC to do something about the power situation as a matter of urgency.

Mr. Abubarkar Audu, a Barber and electecity at Area 1 in Garki, also said that the situation was getting worse as they did not have power for close to two days.

Audu noted that he had to rely on generators to do his business.

Thus is so because of the high cost of fue.

According to him, ha has had to increase the cost for a customer have haircut.

Poor power supply and low consumer patronage

The electricity consumer, however, disclosed that the price hike has reduced consumers patronage.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Joseph Akin, a Welder residing at Kubwa said that electricity was not regular in his area.

Akin said: “We only have light for five to six hours a day and sometimes they don’t get it for a whole day.

“I am appealing to AEDC to improve power supply to the area to enable me to run my business effectively.”

Mrs. Ese Williams, a civil servant and electricity consumer residing in Kubwa, in Abuja, related that power supply was not constant in her area.

Willams, however, advised AEDC to do its best to improve power supply, especially as consumers are paying for the services

In her remarks on the situation, Mrs. Josephine Aivba, a banker resident in Lugbe area of FCT, said that it was as if AEDC was  playing with the light.

The electricity consumer said that the DisCo could switch off and restore electricity supply for more than 10 times a day.

She stated: “I don’t even understand what is happening; my appeal is that they should improve on electricity,” Mrs. Aivba noted.

Also speaking on his experience, Mr. Andrew Coker, a power consumer who runs a laundry service in Lugbe, said that the light situation in the area had become terrible compared to what the electricity supply situation was before.

Coker hinted that the area does not have power supply for more than four hours in a day.

And this goes off every 10 minutes, he lamented.

As Mrs. Aivba stated, Coker also said: “I don’t understand why AEDC switches off the light every 10 minutes. I am appealing to them to improve their services.”

Communities affected by maintenance at Kubwaba power station

It is noted that AEDC, in a recent notice, informed customers that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) was carrying out maintenance on its 132/33kV KUKWABA T/S.

The company, report noted, had said that the exercise affected  customers in: Games Village, Kabusa Gardens, Galadimawa Village, Human Right Radio, Sunny Vale, Suncity, Voice of Nigeria, Aco, Penthouse Estate, Panalpina World Trans Ltd, Aleita Community, Sabon Lugbe, Pyakasa, Chika.

Other areas affected by the maintenance are Lugbe across zones 1-9, Trademore, National Stadium, Eye Clinic, House on the Rock, Indoor Complex, Family Worship Centre, Bromax Estate, Wuye, Utako.”

The power company noted the other areas affected include the “Railway Station, Federal Medical Centre, Coca-Cola, EFCC HQ, Idu Industrial Area, CITEC Estate, BAZE University, Efab Global Estate, Diamond Court Estate, Wonderland, African University of Science and Technology, and its environs.

”While we regret the inconvenience, please be assured that this outage is necessary to ensure more robust and reliable power supply to all our valued customers.”

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