By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
For reneging on it’s promise to improve power distribution in Niger State for at least twelve hours daily but has failed to keep to its words, youths in Niger state have vowed to give the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC) a restless time till it sit up or quit.
The youths in a unified voice under the umbrella body of the “Youth Lead Nigeria’’ carried their grievances to the palace of the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Farouk Bahago where, they issued a forty eight hours ultimatum to the company or face unpalatable consequences if they fail to improve on their services in the state.
The group in a letter addressed to the Emir, for the umpteen time, warned that it’s longsuffering over ensuring that the current poor power distribution and supply to parts of the state would not be in vain.
Leader of the group, Comrade Mohammed Etsu Sa’eed who led the group and handed the letter to the Secretary of the emirate, Musa Garba, said the agitators would not go to sleep until power supply was improved in the state.
The youths who stormed the palace of the Emir in their hundreds to register their bitterness over the failed promises by the management of the AEDC in Niger regional office, told the traditional ruler that the AEDC was a colossal failure and was taking electricity consumers in the state for a ride.
Comrade Sa’eed Etsu warned that consumers of electriciry in parts of the state have had enough of the deception by the company which according to him have shown enough good reasons to be delisted from amongst power distribution companies operating in the country.
The youths therefore sought for the intervention of the Emir to add his royal weight on the increasing complaints against the company for it’s epileptic services in the state.
Comrade Etsu lamented that despite the well documented promise made by the company in the presence of state officials include the state governor, the Chief executive of the company, leadership of the youths group, chieftains of security agencies in the state, the company has refused to keep to it’s words.
He therefore asked the Emir to use his good office to ask the AEDC to improve on their services in line with the January agreement reached at a meeting held in the Government House, Minna with the management of the company, Niger state government, representatives of youth group and security agencies.
But Secretary to the emirate, enlisted the understanding of the group as he enjoined them to carry on with their conduct within peaceful frame.
He assured them that their message would be transmitted to the appropriate quarters even as he commended the group for being sensitive to the general mood of citizens in the state.
The vexed issue of poor electricity supply to Niger state by the power distribution company has been a Hydra headed issue in the last three years as power rations, poor services and blackouts are recurring decimals across the state.
The Youth Lead Nigeria have since last year rose to stand up against the poor electricity services to the state by the AEDC. The group has at several times led protests and public demonstrations against the company with security agencies raising to the occasions to save the company from the wraths of demonstrators.