Following a blackout that has affected the Nasarawa State Headquarters of Abuja Electricity and Distribution Company (AEDC) in Lafia and other Local Government Areas (LGAs) now rely on generators to function, an INDEPENDENT investigation have revealed.
INDEPENDENT findings on Tuesday revealed that the AEDC offices in Lafia, Akwanga, Keffi, Doma, Nasarawa-Eggon and Wamba use generators for more than 12 hours daily.
A visit by our correspondent to their offices in these areas shows that most of their operations which includes; collecting money for monthly billing from customers and other administrative duties were facilitated by generators.
When INDEPENDENT spoke with one of the staff of AEDC in their office in Lafia who claims anonymity on why they are using generators to power their operations, the staff said it was because there was no power supply.
According to the source, “Even in this office, we are spending a lot of money every day in fueling our generators in order to enable us do our work,” he said.
Reacting on the matter, some electricity customers told our correspondent that the unfortunate thing can only happen in Nigeria.
They said: “How would the whole company that is supposed to distribute electricity to its customers be using generators?”
According to Abdullahi Isa, resident of Lafia, if AEDC would be using generators, then there is no hope for their customers.
“What hope do we have again since your ‘savior’ is in need of help more than you? How he or she save you?” he added.
Bala Audu and Hanatu Emmanuel, residents of Akwanga and Doma respectively, called on the Federal Government to take over the distribution of electricity because the distribution companies had failed.
The duo said that despite the fact that electricity supply was very poor, the company was still sending the customers huge bills and regularly disconnected their power supply lines indiscriminately.
Efforts to gets an official response from AEDC failed as the Area Manager of Lafia Office, Samaila Jibril, was said to have travelled out of the state and the next person standing for him declined comments.