Residents and business operators in FESTAC Town in Lagos yesterday lamented the epileptic power supply to the area by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDP).
They alleged that the poor supply had paralysed their domestic and commercial activities, adding that the situation had brought untold hardship to the community.
A resident, Mrs Josephine Okoro, who manages a business centre, said the power outage coupled with scarcity of fuel had thrown her out of business.
“We have been experiencing power outages in FESTAC town for more than two months. The most unfortunate thing is that EKEDP used to restore electricity supply in the middle of the night when it is of no use to my business. The scarcity of petrol has compounded the situation. I am always idle because I don’t have electricity to operate. Currently, I cannot afford two meals a day because EKEDP has rendered me jobless,” she said.
Mr Jide Johnson, a resident of 23 Road, accused the power company of being insensitive to consumers’ complaints.
Johnson said the bills the community receives every month are outrageous in spite of the outage.
According to him, the poor supply had crippled their businesses, making artisans in the community to take to commercial motorcycling.
EKEDP spokesman, Godwin Idemudia, said the company was doing everything possible to improve power supply in the town.
Idemudia said the drop in the supply to some of the areas was as a result of the drop in the supply from the national grid and subsequent bulk energy load to the company, adding that the situation was beyond the company.