Community Protests 12 Months Power Outage

Residents of Akpabuyo Local Government Area (LGA), of Cross River, on Wednesday marched to the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) in Calabar, to protest the one year power blackout in the area.

 The protesters, who barricaded the entrance of the PHEDC, carried placards with various inscriptions such as; “We are tired of blackout caused by Maurice Ibok (Calabar PHEDC Manager)’’ and “N857 Million Electricity Consumer Debt is a Lie.’’ 

Spokesperson of Akpabuyo residents, Mr Jonathan Osang, said that the area had been without electricity supply for “over a year’’. 

Osang said that in spite of the blackout, they were still being served “high estimated electricity bills monthly’’. 

 “We are here to protest the non-supply of power to Akpabuyo for over a year now. Akpabuyo LGA, that is known as a city of light, is now a city of total darkness.

 “We have to register our complaint and call on the attention of the management of PHEDC to, as a matter of urgency, look into our matter and restore power supply,’’ Osang said.

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