Rainstorm:  Ilorin residents lament power outage


By Matthew Denis

Residents of Ilorin and its environs have been left in total darkness following last Tuesday’s rainstorm which caused havoc in the state.
Some electric poles were said to have been badly damaged while scores of residents were rendered homeless by the rainstorm.
Findings by this medium revealed that some of the affected locations were Asa Dam road, Osere area, Sawmill, Olorunsogo, Gbagba and Airport among others.
Also affected within the metropolis were Ibrahim Taiwo road,  Unity Road, Agbo-Oba, Offa Garage, Adewole, Olunlade and Gaa-Odota.
Speaking with a resident of the state capital, Suliyat Mukaila who sells frozen foods along Asa Dam Road, she lamented that for the past five days, there has been no power supply to the area.
She stressed that the situation had affected her frozen chicken while calling on staffers of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) for quick intervention.
Also, a barber in the area, Jamiu Yusuf decried the situation claiming his business has suffered serious setback.
He said, “I have been putting on my generator since the rainstorm incident on Tuesday. I have spent all my profits on powering the generator as a result of the outage.”
Similarly, Mrs. Blessing Ogunwande, who resides at Olulade area lamented that giving the numbers of electricity poles that fell in her area, the people may have to endure living in darkness for long.
Also, the Chief Executive Officer of Chieftains Builders, Prince Felix Chinedu Ibeh lamented that the power outage has affected his business.
Reacting to the development, the Regional Communication Officer of IBEDC, Kolawole Asaju confirmed that the recent rainstorm damaged major electrical installations supplying power to many parts of the state.
He said, “the rainstorm has damaged some poles and affected our offices across the metropolis.
According to him, the engineers are working on daily basis to restore power supply to the affected areas.
Asaju however called on the public to be careful during the rainy season.

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