Residents of Abaji area council have lamented the epileptic power supply in the council.
A resident of the council, Ismaila Musa, who spoke with LEADERSHIP, said the council had been suffering from the poor electricity supply for months.
He lamented that despite several promises by the area council authority to find lasting solution to the problem, nothing had changed.
Musa appealed to the chairman of the council, Alhaji Musa Mohammed to come to the aid of the residents by expediting action in the provision of electricity transformers as the power situation was taking a toll on the businesses of the people.
Another resident, Mrs. Fatima Bawa, lamented that the electricity situation had almost crumbled her small scale business of frozen chicken and turkey, saying that because of the poor power supply in the council, most of her products get spoilt in the freezers.
“We know that the problem of electricity is everywhere in Nigeria, but that of Abaji is something else. Somebody cannot say when there will be light in his or her house. Sometimes, there will be light once a week and sometimes you do not see it at all for a long time. When our generators are over used, maintenance will be difficult, we are not talking about the amount of money spent on fuel on daily basis.
“The truth is that other area councils are not like that, even our neigbouring area council, Kwali enjoys more electricity power supply than Abaji. We do not want to believe that it is because our chairman does not stay in Abaji, that is why he is not making serious efforts in meeting most of the desires of residents in the council,” she said.
But a staff member of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Abaji, Anthony Baba said the problem with the council’s power supply was s a result of limited electricity transformers in the council.
He said the only solution to the problem was for the council to provide more transformers to meet the electricity demands of the people.
“The only way to solve the electricity problem in the council is the provision of more electricity transformers in the council, because the council is big and more houses are built on a daily basis, and the amount of power that can come be generated from the available power transformers is not enough to power the entire council.
“I will advice the council chairman to assist residents of the council by providing enough transformers that can provide enough electricity to every resident of the council. Abaji is not too big; I believe that providing enough transformers for power supply will not be a very difficult task for the council leadership,” Baba said.