Electricity consumers in four Niger Delta states; Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States are experiencing blackout following the collapse of the National Power Grid, which occurred on Sunday, 19 June.
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, reveals that the implication of the national power grid collapse is that most cities in the four states are now witnessing blackout.
The Head of Corporate Communications of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, Jonah Iboma revealed that PHED is now receiving zero power from the national grid as a result of the collapse.
PHED, the electricity distribution company which oversees electricity supply to the four States, explains that the development means that most parts of the network in the four operational states are without power.
Iboma moreover disclosed that PHED would source for power from other alternative sources to mitigate the impact of the collapse of the National power Grid on electricity consumers in Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River and Akwa Ibom States.
He also said PHED would distribute the little power it is able to generate from alternative sources within this period to only customers who are willing to pay.
PHED apologized for the situation, even though it said this is outside the control of the company. The company however disclosed that they are working with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) towards restoring power as soon as possible.
The company appealed to all the states affected by the development to bear with PHED, as efforts are in consonance with government officials and security operatives to resolve the obstruction of public services.
In their statement, PHED said; “We regret all inconveniences experienced by our esteemed paying customers who reside within these affected states, we are working round the clock to resolve the issue. We assure our customers of our desire to provide efficient and reliable services at all times.”