By Lamidi Bamidele
One desire which most residents of the densely populated and ever-commercially active city of Lagos have found to be largely wishful is that the Power Holding Company of Nigeria(PHCN) should provide them stable electricity power.
Even for the Christians and Moslems among them, including adherents of other religions, fervent and sustained prayers to the Almighty have so far, it seems, failed to touch the hearts of those in a position to make this happen at the PHCN.
In fact, it will not be an exaggeration to say that most Lagos residents have for long resigned themselves to the reality that PHCN has scant regard for their desire in this respect after several appeals for electricity supply to their various neighbourhoods had gone unheeded
But for residents of Adebayo Mokuolu Street, Anthony Village, their specific appeal goes beyond this. What they presently require from relevant officials of the PHCN is that an electric pole laden with high voltage cables be removed immediately before it falls with its deadly load and create disaster for people living in the area.
The electric pole is said to have been in this threatening position for close to a year, the fallout of a heavy rain. Even attempts to brace it up with wood plank has not allayed the growing fear among residents that it may collapse soon.
Several complaints were said to have been made to the Mende, Maryland office of the PHCN and to the Alausa office about this development, but all theseÂ have so far failed to yield an interventionist response from the company.
According to Alhaji R.A. Adeniran and Mr. Demola Haastrup, both residents of the street, the pole carries the electricity cables that supply power to the street directly from the transformer. The pole, they argue, thus deserves urgent attention not only because the whole street and some adjoining streets could be affected by cut in power supply but to prevent unnecessary loss of lives and property if it should collapse.
Another resident of the street, Mr Segun Olugbile in his contribution said: â€œWe are not happy about the way PHCN officials are treating the problem of the electricity pole with levity. We have made several visits and written several letters, but the electric pole issue still remains unattended to.
Even in one of our visits to the Mende Office of PHCN, the residents of the street were commended and adjudged one of the best within the district in prompt payment of electricity bills and safeguarding PHCN property in their domain. Itâ€™s now surprising why we are being neglected by PHCNâ€.
The Councillor representing the area, Hon. Bayo Ogunsanwo, also a resident of the street, is said to have made several visits to PHCN office concerning the issue. But even his efforts have not yielded the desired result. This is why the residents have intensified their appeals to officials of PHCN to act fast before the pole falls, warning that if this was allowed to happen it could lead to disastrous consequences.
Lagos begins another immunization exercise
As another round of the Sub-National Immunization Plus Days (SNIP begins in Lagos State, the state government has urged all parents and care givers in the state to ensure that all children aged between 0 and five years receive polio vaccine irrespective of their previous immunization status. It also restated its commitment to seriously address the various challenges that have beset routine immunization and supplemental immunization activities in the state which has made the attainment of a polio-free state difficult.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris who stated this in Lagos on Wednesday while addressing the press on the preparation made for the exercise which begins on Saturday explained that the health of children in Lagos State remains crucial to the state government, adding that the health of children has continued to attract world attention so much so that an important and key Millennium Development Goal (MDG) is the reduction of under-5 mortality (MDG 4).
Idris noted that child survival interventions, especially immunization, apart from constituting part of the rights of the child, have been widely acknowledged as a veritable strategy towards achieving this laudable goal, hence the National Immunization Plus Days are special days set aside to immunize children 0-59 months.