Blackout mars Christmas celebration in Lagos

power transmission facilityScores of Lagos residents celebrated the Christmas in darkness, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN’s visits to Mile 12, Ketu, Ojota, Maryland, Palm Grove, Onikpanu, Bariga, Lagos Island, Oshodi/Isolo, Apapa, Munshi, Iyana Oworo neighbourhoods of Lagos showed that the areas had been experiencing a blackout since December 25.

Some of the residents decried the failure of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to supply stable electricity under the privatised arrangement.

Mr Ayo Adeyinka, a resident of Mushin, said the privatisation of the power sector had not been beneficial despite government’s efforts to make things work.

“We have never seen it like this before. There was light on Dec. 24, although it was on and off till 7am on Christmas Day.

“Since that time, till this morning, we have not seen light in any part of this area,” he said.

A resident of Ketu, Mr Sunday Olarewaju, noted that the PHCN management had not explained the reason for blackout.

“We do not know if PHCN workers are on strike or not. In our usual way, we have checked the transformers but there is no sign that a major fault was responsible for the blackout,” he said.

Olarewaju said the residents’ representatives were planning to go to the nearest PHCN office to demand an explanation.

Mr Adeloju Shokoya, a resident of Lagos Island, regretted that he and his family had a “harrowing experience celebrating Christmas without electricity.”

He added: “If there is light, you will not meet most of us outside; we would have been somewhere else watching movies or football matches.

“I have been on generator since Christmas Day with the hope that the PHCN would restore electricity. Till this morning, we have not seen the normal flash of light they give us sometimes.”

Another Lagos Island resident Adetola Williams said the people would continue to enjoy themselves, whether there was light or not.

Williams said: “PHCN or no PHCN, man must enjoy himself. We were outside yesterday, drinking; we used generators to power our musical sets to enjoy ourselves.

“From the look of things, we may do the same again today because I don’t understand this PHCN problem anymore.

“You know, they do what they like. But they cannot spoil our enjoyment and merriment.”

When NAN visited some PHCN district offices in Ketu, Lagos Island and Fadeyi, security men were on duty.

However, NAN gathered from the security men that the workers were not on strike.

They were not certain if a major fault was responsible for the blackout.


[The Nation]



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