Lagos community cries over 95-day power outage
Residents of Alaguntan Community in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos on Wednesday decried its 95-day power outage due to a faulty transformer, which was taken away for repairs by Ikeja Electric (IE) since Feb. 25.
A spokesman of the community told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the lingering darkness in the area had paralysed commercial activities in the community.
Mr Ayodeji Alade, the Social Secretary, Alaguntan Community Development Area (CDA) said it was painful that since officials of IE took the transformer away, they had refused to replace it.
According to him, “it is so disheartening that our neighbouring communities enjoy regular power supply, while we are in perpetual darkness.
“Today will make it 95 days since the community was plunged into darkness, due to a fault in our transformer.
“We reported the problem to the officials of IE and they came to carry it for repairs, but since then, we have not heard anything from them.
“When our neighbouring communities are enjoying power supply, we are in darkness. This is very bad.
“In spite of the fact that we have gone to different media houses to appeal to them to replace the equipment, we have yet to hear from them.
“We are ready to assist the company if they tell us the situation of our transformer because the continuous outage is becoming unbearable,’’ he said.
A frozen food seller at Shotunde Street, in the area, Mrs Chinyere Nwosu, said that the outage had affected her business, such that customers no longer patronised her.
Nwosu said she now spent close to N2,000 daily to fuel her generator, to make sure her frozen food remained fresh.
“Most of the customers will not patronise your frozen food if it is no longer fresh and if you increase the price, they will run away.
“We are selling at a loss due to the outage. IE should come and fix our electricity, we are going through hell here,’’ Nwosu said.
Mr Kunle Oladayo, a landlord on Taiwo Street, said that most of the tenants in the area had relocated to neighbouring communities due to the outage.
Oladapo appealed to IE to replace the transformer, so that the community’s power supply would be restored.
When contacted, Mr Felix Ofulue, the Head, Corporate Communications Unit of IE told NAN that the transformer was taken to the vendor for repairs in March.
“Normally, the transformer used to be with the vendor for six to eight weeks, during which all areas found to be faulty in it would be restored.
“The transformer has, however, been repaired and is now undergoing testing.
“By the second week of June, the transformer will be brought back to the community and power supply will be restored to the area,’’ Ofulue assured the residents.