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CAN backs down on protest against PHCN, Ughelli

By Festus Ahon
UGHELLI—THE chairman of Ughelli North local government area chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rt. Rev. Vincent Muogheren, has said the association’s agitation for improved power supply in the area has subsided, following on-going installation of a 60 MVA transformer at the Ughelli Power Generating Station.

CAN  had, in January this year, issued a threat to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) that it would embark on a peaceful  demonstration if there was no significant improvement in electricity power supply in the area.

Speaking during the visit of the PHCN Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hussein Labo, to the station, Muoboghere said CAN was working closely with PHCN to improve electricity supply in Ughelli.

He said: “Our action subsided because we were assured by the PHCN that they were going to bring a 60 MVA transformer to improve power supply in Ughelli and as I said, we were determined to demonstrate just to show to the world that we were suffering in the midst of plenty.

“Now they have heard our cries and we have told our parishioners to pipe down. We did not just want to demonstrate for the sake of it”.

Muoboghere, who is the Bishop of Anglican Communion, Ughelli Diocese, expressed hope that the transformer would become fully operational within the next two weeks, adding that “we will be able to see the effect of it. We don’t want to be regarded as liars by our parishioners”.

Commending the management of PHCN for being responsive to the plight of the people, Muogheren urged them to think of installing another 60 MVA transformer in the station so that the people will not have any cause to complain.

Vice chairman of the chapter,  Bishop Diamond Emuobo, applauded the supply of the transformer and described Engr. Labo as a gentleman who respects agreements.


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