Indigenes of Rumuola in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers
State on Tuesday picketed the Rumuola office of the Port Harcourt
Electricity Distribution Company over the inability of the power
company to provide them with electricity.
The women set up shop with a canopy and tripod made of stones and
cooked in front of the PHED office.
Those who spoke to Journalists
expressed sadness over the inability of the power company that they
are hosting in their community to provide them electricity.
They said that their soups sour all the time as they could not
preserve them anymore, adding that in the past three months, they have
not seen a flash of electricity.
This comes weeks after the minister of power, housing and works,
Babatunde Raji Fashola, claimed that over 20 states in the country
enjoy 24 hours electricity.
They said that until the community is provided with electricity, they
will not leave the office.
Another resident who spoke our correspondent, Emmanuel Woko, said that
the PHED office at Rumuola has not given them light in over 3 months.
He said that none of the indigenes of the community which has hosted
the power company for over 30 years works in the company, stressing
that the BM allegedly asked for a bribe of 2 million before
electricity could be provided to the community.
He called on the power company to urgently provide light to the
community to enable the community live as decent human beings.