C’River: Black Out Hits State Capital And Its Environs

BY: Nick Nwaneri, Calabar

Cross River State has in the past three weeks or so experienced total blackout as it seems it had been cut off from the National grid. 

The management of Power Holding Company of Nigeria(PHCN) had refused to state the reason for this

The worst hit in this unfortunate incidence is the popular Calabar South local government area of the state. 

There is every indication that state has been cut off from the National grid due to huge debt by the State government, it was alleged. 

For more than two weeks running,  residents of one of the local government ,Calabar South,  have not seen a flash of electricity talkless of seeing light for ten minutes. 

As a result of this ugly development,  the area which never knew peace in terms of hoodlums attacking residents had become worsened. 

During the period under review,  there has been  reported cases of theft and robbery in the remote areas.

The hoodlums commences their operations  according to an eye witness account from 6pm till the early hours of the next day, terrorising their victims. 

Worse, according to resident,s is the absence of security personnel in the area due to lack of light. 
Meanwhile,  the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)  are busy  distributing Februar 2020 bills to its customers and yet there is no sight of any light.

Reacting to this, some of the residents who spoke to our reporter described the situation as very sad. 

“We pay the crazy bills sent to us monthly,  yet you will not see the light to use.  It is very hot in the night these days as the rain has not come. “

“The PHCN authority should let their customers know what the problem is rather than  keeping quiet, they noted”.

The weather had remained unfriendly since the first shower of blessing dropped early January this year.

When our reporter visited the Calabar road head office of PHCN,  non of the officials was ready to comment on the issue. 

In a related development,  the Cross River State power mega stati9n had broken down since last year. 

Effort to get the commissioner for Power, Hon Victor Agwu  to comment on the issue failed as he was not on seat. 

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