More darkness as Eko Disco announces 5-day power outage for Lagos
As if the darkness had not been enough , Lagos and its environs will have to undergo more five days without electricity, according to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).
Announcing this on Monday EKEDC spokesman, Godwin Idemudia, that the outage would affect Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island from Wednesday to Sunday.
Idemudia said that the outage was to enable maintenance crew from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) address technical and maintenance issues at Alagbon transmission station. “We want to inform our esteem customers that from Wednesday, May 24 to Sunday, May 28, there will be an outage within Ikoyi, Victoria Island and parts of Lagos Island.
“This is to enable TCN maintenance crew resolve some technical issues within Alagbon transmission stations,’’ EKEDC said.
The EKEDC spokesman said that the company highly regretted any inconveniences caused by the five-day outage.
He promised that supply would be restored to the affected areas as soon as the maintenance was successfully completed.
But in the past months , residents of various part of Lagos have been crying of long days of staying without light, a situation that has seen to the death of many small and medium scale enterprises.
Bigger outfits have also.been complaining of having to spend more than 40 % of their revenue in sourcing for alternative power, as the public power sector has remained dysfunctional.
Rural areas in Lagos, including Ijegun, Ikotun, Ipaja, Mushin and Ejigbo have been going without light for morevthsn three minths and without any official reason for that
The residents complain that despite lack of power supply, electricity bills are slammed on them, failure to pay the estimated bills usually attract other sanctions like total disconnection of the electric wires from the poles.
” i have temporarily closed down my hair saloon shop because of the high cost of fueling my generator. I now operate from my residence to attend to my customers,” said Mrs. Amaka Ochu, an Ijegun-based beautician.