PHED ATTRIBUTES PORT HARCOURT BLACKOUT TO SHUT DOWN OF AFAM POWER STATION BY COMMUNITY YOUTHS




Most parts of Port Harcourt metropolis, including the Government House have not had power supply from the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) all day, Monday. This is due to a shutdown of the transmission lines connected to the Afam Power Station by Youths in communities around the Afam power station. 


According to the spokesperson of PHED, John Onyi, the youths were responding to the company’s decision to cut off power from the communities. Mr. Onyi said the decision by the distribution company was necessary because members of the communities failed to pay its electricity tariff which has accumulated to more than N5.8bn.


PHED says it has held several meetings with the leadership of the community which plays host to Afam power station, but they have not cooperated with directives and agreements to settle the debt they owe the company.


The youths occupied the power station early on Monday morning, and shutdown 132 KV lines belonging to the transmission company of Nigeria, which feeds most parts of Port Harcourt.



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