Taraba residents lament power outage


Residents of Jalingo, the Taraba state capital on Sunday, expressed worry over the lingering total blackout in  the state.

Some residents who spoke to Blueprint in Jalingo over the continued power blackout lamented that the outage has caused a lot of damage to their businesses.

A resident of Shavon Deeper Life Camp, Mile 6 Jalingo, Mr Augustine Mic  said the Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) should as a matter of urgency come out and explain to Tarabans why they is persistent power outage.

“For over three weeks now, those of us living in Shavon Mile 6 have not seen what is called  light and NEPA cannot come out to tell us of what led to the sudden total power collapse,” he said.

Also, a resident of NTA area of Jalingo, Alhaji Abubakar Aban said the total blackout for over three weeks has grounded many businesses that are relying on power.

He noted that those operating on generators are managing to render skeletal services to the people.

He urged the Federal Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman, to as a matter of urgency direct YEDC to restore power to Taraba state.

“The minister of power is from this state, and we that know that he will not be happy if he hears  that his state is currently facing total power outage,” he noted.

When contacted, a staff of YEDC, Taraba state office told Blueprint  that only  the Corporate Communication Manager of Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) in charge of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba states, Mr Kingsley Nkemneme is the only one authorised to speak to the media on the issue.

He added that Nkemneme is based in Yola and can only speak whenever he visits  Jalingo.