Angry Youths forcefully take over power station in Rivers – PHEDC
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, has explained a scenario where some youths numbered in their tens marched into the power station of Afam power plant in Oyibo Local Government Area and forcefully took over.
Obinwannem news gathered that the youths were forced to take this action following constant power taxation by the power company with less or inadequate power supply to their communities.
According to the Acting Manager, Corporate Communications, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, Mrs. Chioma Aninwe, who in a statement in Port Harcourt explained the lights -out situation in parts of the state, said the entire area has been in blackout following the actions of the youth.
Aninwe further explained the angry youths on Friday, forcefully took over control of Afam power station, belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.
She said: “The youths, known as Oyibo Youths, shutdown Afam Transmission lines around 21:04 p.m. on Friday, thereby, throwing the entire Port Harcourt and Rivers state into darkness.
“The youths took laws into their hands and marched in their numbers to the transmission station, forcing the operators to shut down supply without observing safety measures.
“This ugly incident has become the order of the day due to their acclaimed inadequate power supply to their communities.
“PHED also informed them of the need for the company to apply systematic load shedding in order to accommodate all its customers.
“However, all our attempts have proven futile as the youths insisted on 24-hour supply, negating our efforts at ensuring equitable distribution of supply to customers.
“PHED condemns in its entirety the frequent shutdown of Afam power station, and hereby, draws the attention of law enforcement agencies and the Rivers government.
“We urge the authorities to come to our aid and put a final stop to this frequent disruption of power distribution to customers at the slightest power challenge in the state.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News