Agatha Chitumu, Abuja
Daily Courier – A call has gone to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to restore power to some affected franchise areas in the FCT and environs.
A consumer, Engr. Adebisi Adedayo Olasunkanmi (MNSE) made the plea in a chat with this medium, saying his area has been experiencing light out and power hiccups for days now without any intervention from the AEDC.
It will be recalled that one month ago the country was thrown into gross darkness thereby causing so many customers, especially those in the business of perishable things losing huge amounts of money.
According to findings by our Correspondent, when power was eventually restored a week after, it became worse.
Checks also revealed that the development was due to low voltage transmitted from the power source to customers.
While expressing his displeasure, Adebisi was quoted as saying, ” In Piwoyi, Lugbe franchise area, I and other customers have been in darkness for the past 12 days or more.
“Worst still, power being transmitted hardly last for 10-15 minutes, only for AEDC to still take it away and further plunged us back into darkness.
“As we speak, other estates like Mabushi, Jahi, NDIC Karmo, Utako, some part of wuse has power lasting 6-7 hours a day, while we still experience low voltage which has led to loss of gadgets, electronics and frozen food stuffs meant to last for a longer period.”
According to the consumer, efforts to call AEDC office did not yield expected result as the customers care agents on the other side atrributed the power outage to local problems and Low generation, assuring that the company is on it.
Meanwhile, as at the time of filing this report, our Correspondent obtained a statement from the AEDC which reads;
“Dear Esteemed Customer,
We regretfully wish to inform you that the intermittent and prolonged outages experienced in some locations within our franchise area is still persisting due to the reduced load allocation to our company. The allocation made available to us is significantly lower than the usual load allocation during optimal generation periods.
“Please be assured that all critical stakeholders are working tirelessly to improve the situation.
“We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and appeal to our valued customers for their usual understanding”.