Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company
Bayelsa state is experiencing one of the worst electricity power outage ever experienced in the state in recent times as the state especially its capital Yenagoa has been in total darkness for the last ten days.
Needless to imagine the devastating effect the blackout has had on businesses and social life in the state. The situation is so terrible that it has resulted in unrest as restive youths have now attacked the transmission station in yenagoa in protest against the pains inflicted on the people by the careless attitude of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria in charge of Rivers and Bayelsa state.
Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson
Many reasons have surfaced as to why the state is plunged into darkness for many days now. The association of Bulk Bill Electricity Consumers in the state is pointing accusing fingers at the Power Holding Electricity Distribution Company PHEDC. The association accused the company of armed twisting electricity consumers in the state to accept the 50% increase in electricity tariff it illegally imposed on consumers in the middle of last year.
“Few months after a fifty percent tariff increase by the PHEDC, power supply has dwindled to an all-time low. Yet, at the end of the month, you expect the people to pay for electricity which they neither see nor consume, how can that be possible?”, queried the association in a statement released to the press.
In the statement, Mr. Ebi Oyegbe the incumbent chairman of the bulk electricity association ABBEC wondered why residents of the state will be happy to pay electricity bills when there is no supply of electricity to them.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa state Commissioner for Power Chief Partner Jim Ogbolo revealed that the cause of the power outage in the state in recent days was caused by Vandalisation of the 132 KVA high transmission line by some irate youths in Ahoada area of Rivers state as well as a faulty 40 MVA transformer at the Gbarantoru substation.
The Manager corporate communications at the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company PHEDC Mr. John Oyi confirmed the vandalisation of the transmission line stating with bitterness that the restive youths are responsible for the pains and sufferings of millions of people in some part of Rivers and Bayelsa State.
Servicing Bayelsa and Rivers States
The youths were said to have taken over the transmission station in protest over epileptic power supply and had refused entreaties and dialogue. The Manager, therefore, called on both the Bayelsa state government as well as the security agencies to wade into the matter so as to secure the electricity company facilities and guarantee light once more to the suffering masses.