Residents of communities in Cross River State bordering Cameroon have appealed to the government to restore electricity, to improve economic activities.
They spoke in interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nfum, Etung Local Government, yesterday.
Mr. Augustine Agbor-Attah, the clan head of Nfum, told NAN the community did not have electricity in the last three years.
He said the situation affected people’s lives, adding that the community lacked social amenities and infrastructure.
Agbor-Attah said besides electricity, they needed potable water, hospital and schools.
His words: “In terms of infrastructure, we are lacking a lot. We don’t have water, electricity, schools and hospitals.
“This is an international border town. We are supposed to have basic amenities, including hotels, but we are lacking these.
“The officers manning the border post do not even have good accommodation. The roads need to be expanded because of the terrain.’’
Mr. Emmanuel Ndum, the youth leader of Ajassor, said business did not thrive because of lack of electricity.
He said since high tension cables were connected in 2014, nothing had been done to provide electricity.
“The people have been complaining of non-supply of power. They want the government to complete the project, to give them a sense of belonging.
“We have been using generators. This is not good for the environment. A litre of petrol is N160, ’’ Ndum said.
Another resident, Mrs. Veronica Ntui, said the community needed warehouses, to promote business.
“We need warehouses in this town. This is a border community from where goods go out and come into the country daily.’’
A businesswoman, Ms. Patience Okoronkwo, told NAN running a business in the border community without electricity was very expensive.
She said she recorded low profit because a good percentage of the profit went into buying of fuel to keep her generator running.
“It is very difficult to sell drinks without electricity, especially now that the weather is hot and every customer wants a cool drink.
“I appeal to the government to look into our plight and give us electricity because we paid bills regularly before this indefinite blackout,’’ Okoronkwo said.
Source: The Nation