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Youths protest over 8 months blackout in Lafia

Residents of Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital have staged a peaceful protest over non-electricity supply in their areas for over eight months.

The electricity consumers who are mostly youths from Ungwar Yazawa and Kwanan Shalele communities in Lafia metropolis blocked the Lafia Head Office of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC barring workers access to the office.

Spokesperson for the protesters Ibrahim Shuaibu said they had to resort to protest after several months of appeals to AEDC to install the new transformer procured to the communities by Governor Abdullahi Sule to replace the old one which broke down since August 2021 yielded no result.

A Youth Leader in one of the communities, Umar Dahiru who insisted that they will remain at the main gate of AEDC until electricity was restored in their areas said the power failure had rendered most youths jobless.

Reacting to alleged extortion of money by staff to restore electricity to the area, Manager, Human Resource of AEDC Lafia Mrs. Zainab Ibrahim denied the claims.

She assured the protesters that electricity would be restored to the areas as engineers had been deployed to install the transformer.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on 24th of February 2022 inaugurated a 330 KVA Power Transmission Substation in Lafia during a two-day working visit to Nasarawa State.

Reporting by Chris Nyamtu, editing by Daniel Adejo