Lagos Community Cries Out Over Blackout For Six Month Amid Lockdown

As many Lagosians continue to groan over the hardship as a result of the lockdown brought by COVID-19, it has now emerged that there is a community in the state experiencing a total blackout.

How on earth does a community stay without power for six months and the sit at home order by the federal government is what many residents of this community are asking?

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The residents of Abeokuta street, Ilaje-Bariga are lamenting the lack of power for over six months.

Bariga used to be under Somolu local government area of Lagos State but in 2013 it was upgraded by the State government as a Local Council Development Area. The local government secretariat is located at 19, Bawala street, Bariga.

NAIJA CENTER investigation revealed that since November last year, there has been no power supply to this community.

A Vulcanised who spoke on condition of anonymity to our correspondent said that the power situation needs to be addressed before it gets out of hands.

“Since last year, we don’t have light. And the government said we should stay at home. Hoe can we stay at home without light? We6 don’t even know what is happening anymore because we cannot with television.

“Even as a Vulcanise, I have been using shall generator popularly called “I better pass my neighbour to work even before the lockdown. The government should come to our aid.

Lagos and other parts of the country have been on a nationwide lockdown for over four weeks now as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Muhammad Buhari on Monday announced a continuation of the lockdown but noted that there would be relaxation effective from May 4th.

But how a community remain in darkness for months is alarming, to say the least.

When NAIJA CENTER sort to know what exactly the problem was: he said ” Out transformer got bad last year and we invited the PHCN officials and they took it for repair and brought it back, the problem still persisted.

“We even contributed moment to get a new one, but as we speak we are still waiting for it. We are tired of this situation, he added.

Another resident of the community, who gave his name as dimply Paul corroborated the story saying that they have been in darkness for months now.”

“I am a barber, if I tell you how much I send daily to buy fuel, you would pity me. Sometimes I don’t even make enough profit after removing the money for fuel.”

NAIJA CENTRE contacted an official of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, IKDC for comment, his telephone number was not answered.

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