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Imo youth protest poor electricity supply


Barricade roads, say situation has lingered for months


By Tasie Theodore


The popular Owerri/Egbu/Mbaise road in Owerri, capital of Imo state, which harbours the power installations of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN was on Tuesday blocked by irate youths of Egbu community protesting  the failure of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC to supply electricity to the community for some months.

The protest, which was said to have started by 7.00 am on Tuesday morning also paralyzed economic activities as motorists coming from Umuahia in Abia state to Owerri and the ones going to the Aba in reverse were kept for hours before diverting to seek alternative ways of getting into and out of Owerri.

The Egbu youths numbering more than 8,000  were allegedly said to have destroyed the fence, first security post, gate and cars  belonging to the TCN/EEDC.

Prince Eugene Orisakwe, the Publicity Secretary of Egbu Town General Assembly, told newsmen that Egbu community had not been getting power supply for several months and that every effort made by the community to discuss with EEDC on the issue had proved abortive.

He stated that even when the EEDC officials came from Abuja to intervene on how to manage the Egbu problem so as to resolve the issue and give the community light, even that effort was to prove abortive.

“Part of the claims we made to the officials were that there was no environmental impact assessment, no compensation for the Egbu Community harbouring the power installation, no employment of Egbu people by EEDC and no supply of electricity to the community”

He observed that in spite of the three additional high tension lines round the community that there had not been light in the community for months.

He declared: “We are here to find out why this inhumane treatment is being meted out to Egbu Community and its people.  It is not just that they don’t want to give us light, they have also now completely disconnected  the community”.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Umuofor Village in Egbu, Mr. Aham Iheme stated that  the power plant  had been causing  serious health  hazards to the people of the community.


Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, SAN

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