Covid19: Amidst Stay At home Areas in Ilorin experiencing 7 days power blackout ~ Matters Arising

Covid19: Amidst Stay At home Areas in Ilorin experiencing 7 days power blackout ~ Matters Arising

Sango residents express displeasure over 7 days blackout amidst lockdown

Electricity consumers in some parts of Ilorin, the Kwara capital, has express their displeasure over the absence of electricity
amidst the current lockdown imposed by government to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The electricity consumers in areas like Sango, Kulende, Ibrahim Taiwo road, Okoerin, and others expressed displeasure over the blackout, saying fortunes has been spent on powering their generating sets, while some have been sleeping in total darkness.

A resident of Muyideen-Kulende Community Adeyemi Abdulqodir, while speaking with our correspondent lamented that Kulende and the entire Sango area of Ilorin as been suffering from epileptic supply of power for more than five years now and has never experience a 20 hours supply of electricity.

He appealed to the government to complete the 33KVA Kulende power step down which has been ongoing for the past three years for people of the area to enjoy electricity supply in the state capital.

In his own view a landlord at Okoerin area, AbdulRauf Arowolo, said that the three-day blackout had created untold hardship to the residents, especially with the current lockdown.

They both appealed to the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company to be alive to its responsibilities by repairing the damaged poles and cables and ensure steady power supply to the affected areas.

Mr Ibrahim Olatunji who operates a business centre said the outage has paralysed business activities for him, especially during the few hours when the lock down is relaxed.

He called on the IBEDC to be alive to their responsibilities by repairing the damaged poles and cables and ensuring steady power supply to Sango area who can’t boast of a Five hour daily power supply when the light is not spoilt.

However, the Kwara Regional Head of IBEDC, Engineer Ajisafe Bello, attributed the blackout to the damage done to 12 electric poles and cables by rainstorm in some parts of Ilorin.

Bello pleaded with the affected residents to exercise patience, as IBEDC engineers were currently working to restore power supply.

Wrt-up / AKG

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