By Emeka Mamah
ENUGU—About 150 communities in four local government areas of Enugu State have been without electricity in the last two months following altercations between the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, and Eha-Amufu community in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state.
The blackout started on June 8, 2017, when unidentified youths from the Eha-Amufu community vandalised a 33 KVA line as well as the EEDC sub-office in the area before allegedly destroying other equipment and power lines worth millions of Naira while protesting non-supply of electricity to the people of the area.
It was gathered that the electricity high tension lines passed through Eha-Amufu, yet, most of the people of the area do not have power as the lines were not stepped down for the benefit of the local populace.
The destruction of the 33 KVA led to the cutting off of electricity supply to Udenu, Igboeze North and Igboeze South local government areas since then, as EEDC had insisted that the culprits must pay for the damaged items before power could be restored to them.
EEDC’s spokesman, Mr Emeka Eze, confirmed that the 33 KVA transmission line from Eha-Amufu was vandalised and other property valued at millions of Naira destroyed by vandals adding that negotiations were going on between EEDC and the community to resolve the matter.
Eze said that apart from non-supply of electricity, EEDC was losing revenue that could have been accruing to it since June 8, adding that the issues would soon be amicably resolved.