Another failure at efficient electricity delivery has had the youths of two Kaduna communities – Janruwa and Bagado in Kaduna State, on Friday hit the city streets in protest for over a one year of power outage in the region.
The protest which began as early as 6 a.m had the protesters barricade the Ibrahim Yakowa Road, causing gridlock for three hours. A spokesperson on behalf of the communities, said the protest was necessary as the Kaduna Electric Distribution Company (KEDKO) had since failed to remedy the situation.
He explained that the company removed the transformers serving the communities without any explanation, and for more than one year, had failed to provide new ones. The youths claim they have on several occasions reached out to KEDCO, with no positive response, which has now prompted the protest to draw the government’s attention to their plight, as they cannot continue living in the dark.
Though the situation was later brought under control with the intervention of the Divisional Police Officer for Sabon Tasha, CSP Olalekan Odumosun, the communities warned they would return to the street within three days, if nothing is done. KEDCO has however confirmed that the communities had been without power supply since August 2015.
This is not the first of such protests by Kaduna communities this year, earlier in January, youths of Kamanzo Community in Kaduna metropolis protested over 10 months of power outage in the area. The protesters also barricaded the Ibrahim Yakowa Road, causing gridlock for over two hours.
Efforts by the police, to disperse the crowd proved abortive, as the youths, women and children refused to budge, but the situation was later brought under control with the intervention of the military and other security personnel attached to the Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC).