By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”THE negative impact of attack on gas and oil facilities in the Niger Delta has started manifesting in the region in the form of power outage in some areas of Rivers state. Already since last Friday, residents in Diobu, Old GRA, Trans Amadi, Elekahia, D Line and Agip areas of Port Harcourt have been in darkness.
Meanwhile, a statement from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria , Port Harcourt distribution zone, and signed by Emmanuel C. Anene, Principal Manager Public Affairs, blamed the sad development on damage to some of its facilities within the state capital.
â€œ Port Harcourt electricity Distribution Company wishes to apologize to her numerous customers for the power outage since Friday which was due to faulty equipment at Port Harcourt town transmission station opposite Corpus Christi Cathedral, Kaduna Street
â€œThe outage had affected state secretariat, Old GRA, Trans Amadi residential area up to Elekehia, old Port Harcourt Town, Diobu, and D Line and Agip areas.
â€œOur team of engineers and technicians are working to replace the faulty equipment. We sincerely apologize for all the inconveniences this has caused our esteemed customers.â€
Vanguard gathered that the fault on its cable around Corpus Christi area, Kaduna Street area of the state capital, arose during an attempt by some persons working for the church to erect a fence after the original one was demolished following an order of the state government.
Another source, however, told the Vanguard that the power problem largely stemmed fromÂ incessant attack on oil and gas facilities in the region.
It would be recalled that in the last two months, no fewer than ten facilities of such nature have been blown up in the region by militants and insurgents in an agitation for better government attention to the region.