A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Borno residents delighted over restoration of power after 7 months

22 February 2015, Maiduguri – Some residents of Maiduguri in Borno State have expressed happiness at the restoration of power supply, after about seven months of blackout.

Energy Crisis Threatens the Western Power GridsElectricity supply to the state was cut in June 2014, after a suspected insurgency attack on the Damboa Power Line in Damboa, headquarters of Damboa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Most residents were surprised at the sudden return of power after several futile attempts at restoring it by the Federal Government.

Malam Mohammed Jidda, a resident of Jiddari-Polo, said the reconnection came at the right time, due to the prevailing cold weather in the state.

“The light actually came late in the night. We were elated to see the light back when we woke up early in the morning,” Jidda said.

“I think government deserve commendation for reconnecting the power this time around.

“This morning, my wife used the electricity to boil water for the children to bathe before going to school,” he said.

Mr Ayari James, a resident of Tudun-Wada, supported Jidda’s claim.

‘Many people have lost hope about the electricity coming back after many promises in the past.

“But we thank God that the problem has been solved finally,” James said.

He said that the return of power will also help to enhance security in the city.

Malam Mustapha Ajari, a resident of Bulumkutu, said however that his area was yet to get reconnected and urged the authorities concerned to expedite action on getting power to all parts of the city.

Reacting, Alhaji Usman Abubakar, the Yerwa District Manager, Yola Electricity Distribution Company, admitted that some parts of the city were yet to get reconnected.

“We have just started after a long period. People should know that this is a gradual process.

‘”Some areas have already got reconnected, while our technical team is working round the clock to ensure that the entire city is reconnected in a very short while,” Abubakar said.

He appealed to the residents to be patient as the company was working hard to ensure power supply to all areas in the city.



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