Electricity consumers in FESTAC Town on Monday appealed to Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to replace the cables stolen by unknown vandals from the area on March 18.
The consumers, who live on 5th Avenue (L and J Close), told Newsverge in Lagos that for the past nine days, they had been in darkness.
They said the stolen cables supplied power to the area.
Mrs Josephine Okolie, said that she was not pleased with the EKEDC because since the case was reported to them, they were just visiting the scene of the incident.
Okolie said that in the meantime, the outage had affected both economic and domestic activities.
“When we discovered that the power supply to the close was out, we checked and discovered that the darkness was due to cable theft by unknown vandals.
“We reported to the company’s district office with the hope that the case will be treated immediately but unfortunately we are still in darkness till now.
“We are appealing to the company to replace the cable and restore power supply to the area,’’ she said.
Mr Sanya Babalola, a landlord at L close, said it was annoying to see their neighbours having regular power supply while they were in perpetual darkness due to the stolen cable.
Babalola said that the consumers in the two closes were ready to cooperate with the EKEDC officials to ensure that the problem was fixed, adding that the situation was unbearable.
Mrs Funmilayo Akinfenwa, owner of a hairdressing salon, said she had lost most of her customers due to the outage.
“The outage is contributing to the hardship that the residents are passing through.
“We urge the company to accelerate the replacement of the stolen cable so that power can be restored,’’ she said.
When contacted, Mr Godwin Idemudia, the General Manager, Corporate Communication of EKEDC, assured the residents that the cable would be replaced as soon as possible.
Idemudia apologised for the company’s tardiness in responding to the situation, saying that he had been unaware of it.
He urged consumers to always protect the company’s equipment within their communities because it cost a lot of money to replace stole cables and vandalised transformers.
Idemudia added that the money spent on such would have been used to procure equipment for improvement of supply to consumers.