Power Blackout: Group Issues 5-day Ultimatum to Electricity Distribution Company


By Mohammed Aminu

A group, Coalition of Sokoto State Youth Associations, Monday issued a five-day ultimatum to the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company(KEDCO) to restore power supply in the state or face mass protest by the citizens.

Addressing newsmen in Sokoto yesterday, its Chairman, Comrade Aminu Abdullahi, decried lack of power supply in Sokoto metropolis and its environs, despite the fact that neigbouring states of Kebbi and Zamfara were enjoying adequate electricity.

He noted that KEDCO allocated 147 megawatts to Kaduna state, 47 mega watts to Kebbi and 21 mega watts to Zamfara while Sokoto was allocated less than 15 mega watts.

Abdullahi lamented that residents of most parts of the Sokoto metropolis hardly get 3 hours of electricity in a week.

“We wonder why residents of Sokoto get less than an hour of electricity in three days while at the end of the month they are issued with a bill of N14,000 as minimum payment.

“So, we are calling on the management of KEDCO, to as a matter of urgency allocate more mega watts to Sokoto metropolis and improve power supply in the state or face our wrath ,”he said.

He threatened that the coalition would not hesitate to mobilise the citizens of Sokoto to stop paying electricity bill, if the company fails to improve power supply in the state.

“If after five days ultimatum our demands are not met, we will not only embark on protest against KEDCO but will mobilise citizens of Sokoto to stop paying electricity bills,” Abdullahi averred.