Rivers community decries blackout, begs Agip to restore power

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Dennis Naku, Port Harcourt

Residents and business owners in Omoku, headquarters of the Ogba/Egbeme/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have decried the continued blackout in the community as the situation is adversely affecting their health and businesses.

They explained that the Nigeria Agip Oil Company had been their major source of power supply for some years, but supply suddenly stopped about a week ago.

A resident, who gave his name as Obed Douglas, said, “The power outage in Omoku is affecting not only our businesses, but everything else, including our health, because people can’t sleep at night due to the heat.

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“We are calling on Agip to come and see how to restore the light.

“Actually, that is the only thing our people are benefiting from Agip despite the fact that it drills oil from our land.”

Similarly, a businesswoman said she and her children hardly sleep at night and that her business had really suffered for the past week.

She stated, “If you come out for business, you can hardly sell anything; for example, my drinks and water can’t be sold hot; they have to be cold for people to buy. So, you can see that we cannot do business in this kind of situation.

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“If you return home, everywhere is hot. One cannot even sleep for about five days now since this outage started. My children have rashes all over their bodies because of the heat.

“They (Agip) should pity us and bring the light, because we are used to constant power supply. We are not comfortable; the environment is too hot and people are getting sick. We don’t know how long this blackout will last.”

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Agip has been the major source of power supply in Omoku, one of its host communities, and its environs for many years.

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