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RAINSTORM: Lagos residents still in darkness

By Kunle KALEJAYE

Three weeks after a devastating rain storm which struck Lagos in the second week of February, many residents in Okota, parts of Surulere, Idimu, Ikeja are still counting their loses – having to effect repairs to their damaged properties. Their situation is however compounded by the lack of electricity supply.

The dangerous storm wrecked- havoc in different parts of the city killing over 15 people among whom were 10 children who were being conveyed to school in a ferry.

Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) installations were not spared either as scores of High Tension poles were felled, leaving most parts of the state in darkness.

Mr. Pekun Adeyanju, a principal manager in charge of public affairs at the PHCN, Ikeja said the most affected part of the state was Okota area which falls under Ikeja Distribution Company Zone.

Shedding more light on the development, he said work has already commenced in the affected areas, adding that in an effort to speed up repairs and re-installation of broken poles, the services of private firms was contracted.

He noted that due to the scale of the damage done by the storm, PHCN workers could not manage the affected areas; hence the job was contracted out.

He expressed confidence that the work being carried out by the contractors would be done satisfactorily.
“We are seriously monitoring the contractors and they are currently working hard to ensure that power supply is restored in Okota area. Hopefully by this weekend the entire job will have been completed.

It was also gathered that about 80 per cent of repairs have been done. In Agbara area, the storm also wreaked havoc – leaving about 50 high tension poles damaged and in need of replacement.

It was gathered that the 50 high tension poles carries about three (3) Feeders and these Feeders can supply electricity to about five to six streets.

While speaking on the development, the Public Affairs Manager, PHCN Agbara District, Mr. Adeleke Ibrahim said service to over 70 per cent of the affected areas have been restored but admitted that work is still going on in other areas.

He added the magnitude of the damage done by the rain storm necessitated the PHCN team of engineers to swing into action to work round the clock to restore power supply to the affected areas. The affected areas include Opic Estate, Ayetoro, Igborosun and some part of Badagry.

Adeleke noted that the cost of repair of the damaged installations runs into millions of naira adding that customers should be patient as power will soon be restored.

Festac Business district also had its fair share of destruction from the storm. The Public Affairs Manager of the district, Mrs. Amah disclosed that the storm affected some high tension poles.

She noted that between when the rain storm struck and now, close to 90 per cent of the havoc done had been fixed within the district, but appealed to customers in areas where electricity supply had not been restored to be patient. She said efforts are being made to restore power supply to those areas.


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