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Again, Lagos residents protest worsening power situation

Power blackout13 April 2014, Lagos – Several Lagos residents on Thursday protested the worsening power situation in the state.

Thursday’s protest was the second in less than a week by residents of the state whose homes fall within the territory of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IKEDC.

Residents of four communities in Lagos stormed the company’s district offices to register their grievances. The protesters were from Ikotun, Mafolukun, Ojota, and Agbede in Ikorodu.

A spokesperson for Mafolukun residents, Abiodun Foworese, said the residents had suffered greatly under the new private investor than when the government was managing the sector.

According to Mr. Foworese, the owners of IKEDC should pay compensation to the residents who had suffered unjustly in the last three months.

“In the past few months, electricity supply has worsened in virtually in all parts of the country.

“The development has impacted negatively on socio-economic activities of the people.

“We came here to demonstrate the deep pain in our hearts that the power supply in our area has gone from bad to worse,” Mr. Foworese said.

In his reaction, Pekun Adeyanju, Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs) for IKEDC appealed to Lagos residents to be patient over current worsening power supply.

Mr. Adeyanju told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the company was aware of the situation, adding that there would soon be improved power supply

He, however, urged consumers to bear with the company.

“We (consumers) should not expect a miracle to happen overnight. I don’t think the change we are expecting in the power sector will be automatic.

“I think it is too early to start condemning IKEDC, we should give the company more time to execute it plans and projects. I am optimistic that this move will be beneficial to us all,” Mr. Adeyanju said.

The company had earlier explained that it was currently getting a little over 300MW of electricity to distribute to consumers, compared to the over 900MW it used to get.

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