Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has called on Distribution Companies, DISCOs, in the six geo-political zones to ensure improved electricity supply to consumers.
The Etsu Nupe made the call on Tuesday when about 2,000 youths staged a peaceful protest to his Wadata palace in Bida, Niger State, over irregular power supply in the area.
According to Abubakar, “the call had become necessary because most people depend on power to succeed in their business activities, and with irregular power supply, people are suffering as most of their businesses are down.’’
The monarch noted that there was need for improvement in the supply of electricity in the country such that it would commensurate with their monthly charges.
He decried the continuous epileptic power supply in spite of the sale of PHCN to private investors, adding that with its privatisation we were of the opinion that there will be improved services.
The traditional ruler said regulatory agencies of government should monitor the activities of investors to ensure that the sale of the company was not in vain.
The royal father, however, commended the youths for their peaceful conduct and appealed to them not to take the law into their hands in their quest for regular power supply.
Leader of the group, Malam Ahmed Mohammed, told the Etsu Nupe that most of their businesses had collapsed due to inefficient power supply, and despite the epileptic power condition, DISCO officials bring high bills, expecting them to pay for services they didn’t offer, ‘they are thieves’.
According to him, “they are engaged in businesses such as barbing salon, welding, tailoring among others that require constant power supply, but now we cannot do anything because of lack of electricity.
‘‘We have dependants and presently, we cannot satisfy our customers because we get light about three-four hours daily, with low current that you cannot do anything with, it is unfortunate, this is not the type of change we yearned for.”
He appealed to the federal government to urgently intervene, so that electricity consumers in the country will enjoy 24 hours power supply.

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