By Elizabeth Uwandu
For years now, residents of Awoyaya in Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, have struggled with the effects of epileptic power supply caused by a bad transformer, in spite of several entreaties to Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC.
Consequently, economic and social activities in the area have been grounded, as several small and medium scale businesses have closed shop.
A resident, Madam Folashade Ogunwusi, expressed her frustration to Vanguard: “What these people are doing to us is unfair. The transformer in question has been serving this area for a very long time, when about 20 percent of the present population lived here.
“What we need is a replacement, because each time they come to repair the transformer, it normally does not work for more than two days. I had to shut down my hair dressing saloon business, when I could no longer cope with using generator to run the shop.”
Another resident, Ugochukwu Nzube, said Power Holdings Company of Nigeria, PHCN, was making arrangements to change the transformer before it was privatised.
His words: “Since then, we have heard nothing about the planned replacement. Nobody is talking to us. They are actually expecting us to buy the transformer for them. But that cannot happen.”
Reacting, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Godwin Idemudia, appealed to the residents to be calm.
He said the company is putting in place structures to tackle the problem.