Hundred of youths and community leaders from Agulu-Awka in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State yesterday took to the streets to protest consistent lack of electricity supply in the area for the past six months.
The protesters, who assembled about 7.00a.m. to block the gate of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, on Zik’s avenue, causing traffic gridlock and prevented customers and staff of the company from going in and out of the company.
The demand of the protesters to have an audience with the manager of the company, Mr. Ogunmola, fell on deaf ears and this almost led to a fracas between them and security operatives who were there in large number.
It, however, took the intervention of a former chairman of Awka South Local Government Area, Mr. Ikechukwu Okoye to calm frayed nerves.
Leader of the protesting youths, Mr. Chidozie Oforah, said the area has not been given light by EEDC for the past six months, despite the fact that they have been paying their bills regularly.
According to him, the situation has become unbearable for everybody that lives in the seven villages that make up Agulu- Awka, regretting that many tenants in the area have packed out, while businesses that require the use of electricity have folded.
The councilor representing the ward, Mrs. Chikaodi Nnonyelu said she had spent over N200,000 to buy cables to repair the damaged line on the instruction of EEDC officials, but regretted that all the efforts were in vain.
She also said that the transformers mounted in the area were donated by Senator Ben Obi and former Governor Peter Obi, adding that when the darkness continued, EEDC officials instructed them to write a petition to the company, which they had done five times.