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JUST IN….Read why Niger Youths want to shut Shiroro, Kainji, Jebba power plants

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By Hammed Salawu, Minna

Niger state youths under the aegis of the Youth Lead Nigeria agitating against the consistent power outage in the state have threatened to shut down the three power plants of Shiroro, Kainji and Jebba as they resume protest in Minna today.

The President of the group and convener of the protest tagged #powerpowerstate, Comrade Mohammed Etsu stated this at the weekend in a press conference in Minna.

Etsu said that all youths from the state will commence a sit out protest at shiroro road today adding that it will culminate in the shutdown of shiroro hydro electricity power station if the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) failed to meet the demand of steady electricity supply in the state.

He said that the body of youths has also engaged legal expects to institute a suit of N100 billion claims in compensation for damages incurred by customers resulting from estimated billings and frequent power surge in which several people have died and houses burnt without compensation.

According to him, “The suit will soon come up for hearing at the High Court adding that the group has gathered enough evidence and data to prosecute its case against the insensitivity of the company

“We have decided to embark on this protest and we will shut down the power stations if government and AEDC ignore our demands. Niger state has three power plants and yet we are always in darkness. We the youths say no to this kind of injustice and oppression. All we are demanding for AEDC to give us light”.

The leader of the group however noted that power outage in the state was grossly affecting businesses run by the youths adding that barbing saloons, tailoring shops, vulcanizing and other small scale factories have packed up for lack of power.

He also regretted that the state government has not shown enough interest beyond wanting the youths to remain dormant in the face of the hardship caused by the lack of electricity supply to the state.

Etsu further said that from all indications the state government can no longer handle the situation and that it was obvious that the visit of the Niger state Deputy Governor Ahmed Ketso to AEDC in Abuja did not yield any results.

“We will march from Shiroro power plant to Jebba and Kainji and shut them, we don’t mind the consequences, unless the AEDC improves power supply to Niger state”.

 

 

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