Residents of the Plateau State capital Jos and environs, today, spent the fifth day without public power supply, in what has forced many business operators closing shops, Daily Trust has observed.
This is another stretch of protracted power outage to hit the state in a short period, the last being two weeks ago when residents spent six straight days without electricity supply from the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC). The distribution company covers four states of Plateau, Benue, Gombe and Bauchi.
The latest outage began by noon of Friday, when the epileptic supply completely ceased without a blink even as at the time of filing this report.
Worst hit by the development are Jos-South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas in the northern parts of the state, as well as the southern local government areas of Langtang-North, and Langtang-South.
“This is the second time we are experiencing this situation of total outage for days, in two weeks alone,” Josiah, a resident of Abattoir section of Jos-South told Daily Trust, lamenting the effect of the outage on both businesses and life generally in the area. “Many shops have closed; only those with generators to provide alternative power supply are still operating.”
The company confirmed the total outage in a comment to our reporter, blaming it on a transmission company which buys energy for onward transmission to JEDC to distribute to customers.
Mr. Joel Sule, the Assistant General Manager in charge of Technical Services, told Daily Trust that the company has no problem with distribution, explaining that they have had to make inquiries from the transmission company over the weekend to discover that a transmitter at Makeri area of Jos broke down to cause the outage.
“There is no transmission from the transmitters; we have not been served to proceed to distribute to customers. That is the problem. It is the transmission company, not our problem, and we expected them to put a public announcement to explain the problem,” Mr. Sule said.
He said JEDC is considering assisting the transmission company, to make swift repairs to restore the supply