Load shedding: FCT residents denounce unfair electricity distribution, ask AEDC to be fair

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Many residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) denounced the inequitable distribution of electricity between their homes and their commercial premises.

Residents appealed to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to ensure that current load shedding is done fairly.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that they had been without power for nearly five consecutive days.

The poor power supply or blackouts in some parts of the territory have been going on for almost two months.

The AEDC had attributed the poor supply of its franchise areas to low electricity production from the national grid.

Donald Etim, AEDC’s marketing director, said so in a statement issued in Abuja on March 4.

“AEDC would like to inform our customers in Kogi, Niger, Nasarawa and FCT that the current low and unstable electricity supply to homes and businesses is a result of the low power generated on the national grid.

“Over the past few weeks, the level of electricity generated and served to the national grid for onward delivery to customers has been extremely low,” Etim said.

This, according to the AEDC, has led to the power cuts that the Territory is currently experiencing.

Electricity consumers residing in Nyanya, Lugbe, Kubwa, Prince and Princess Estate, Area 3, Gaduwa and surrounding areas told NAN that they had not had light for days.

According to them, despite the load shedding, some areas are permanently supplied with electricity, while others have none at all.

Peter Otabor, a resident pharmacist at Gaduwa Estate, said: “We know AEDC is a light shedder, but they should make sure it is fairly distributed among all.”

Mr Otabor said that for nearly two days there was no light in the estate but other areas had light.

“I know there is currently a weak power supply in the country, so if they want to give us light for two hours, too bad, I do not like a situation where some will have and some will not” , did he declare.

Juliet Okojie, who resides at Prince and Princess Estate, Gudu, also corroborated what Otabor said.

Ms Okojie said the little energy available should do the trick for everyone.

Eramus Okon, a banker who resides in Area 3, denounced the area’s poor power supply, saying it had worsened over the past two months.

Mr Okon said “we only had light four times for a few hours in the past three weeks”, a situation which he said affected his daily routine.

“You know I’m a banker and I’m late from work, I only cook once a week every Saturday but with this light situation I can’t do that.

“I appeal to AEDC to enlighten us even two or three hours a day,” he said.

Smart Okeke, owner of a cold room in Lugbe, told NAN that he had to run his generator every day for almost 10 hours to keep his belongings safe.

“The cold room business is not easy to manage without light, so I have to look for diesel for my generator to power my cold room.

“I know about low power and load shedding, but I would be happy if AEDC could light us for five hours a day,” he said.

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In Kubwa, Ese Williams, who resides in Phase 2, Kubwa Extension, said there had been no stable light in the area for almost three weeks.

According to Ms Williams, even when the light comes on, it is so low that it cannot support a fridge or even a fan.

“I threw away the perishables I had stored in my freezer because they had all gone bad.

“I am appealing to AEDC to fix the breakdown and give us light even if it is five hours a day,” she said.

A fashion designer also in Kubwa, Shola Akinremi, said the lack of stable electricity supply in the area has continued to affect her business, saying she cannot meet the needs of her customers.

Ms Akinremi said it was very difficult for her to sew at night because her generator was faulty.

When contacted, Mr. Etim, Marketing Manager of AEDC, told NAN that parts of Lugbe, Kubwa, Area 3 and surrounding areas are experiencing poor power supply due to blackouts.

Mr. Etim said the AEDC team was working diligently to ensure that these faults were quickly resolved to guarantee consumers a stable power supply.

“We are not happy with this and our team is working to to assure these defects are corrected quickly,” he said.


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