By Matthew Denis
Residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital are currently counting their losses following a one- week power outage in parts of the metropolis and its outskirts.
The affected areas are Asa Dam industrial area, Olunlade and Ganmo, among others .
Our reporter who monitored the situation at the weekend observed that most business entities in the area had resorted to the use of generating sets for electricity supply on daily basis.
Speaking to Pilot Business, the Manager of Tmax Solutions Computer Centre, Asa-Dam road, Mrs. Jegede Mayowa complained that the use of diesel to power generating set has eaten into her profits.
” For about a week now we have been using generating set to run our business and this is not profitable. About N1500 is expended on fuel everyday.”
She then called on the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to restore power to the affected areas to save business people from further running into losses.
A welder, Mr. Adekunle Yusuf said the prolonged power failure has crippled his business as he could not afford the use of alternative power supply.
The proprietor of Clippers Barber, Asa-Dam road, Eyitayo Taye stressed that the blackout has affected his daily income.
“I have spent about N8,000 for fuel since the power outage, but some customers don’t want to pay higher price despite the fact that we are using generator,” he complained.
Also, the Manager of Olufade Engineering Investment, Asa Dam road, Mr. Emmanuel Olasumkanmi, said the situation has impacted negatively on the activities of his company.
“We cannot make quotations and extractiTon on computer for our clients to see now because of the blackout. I have to fuel the generator daily at the rate of N1,500 to work on the system.
Reacting to the development, Head of Communication, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Ilorin Challenge Zone, Mr. Kola Asaju said “the power feeder has developed fault from the Ganmo axis, thereby resulting to power failure in some areas.
He stressed that their engineers are working tirelessly to resolve the problem; he thereby appealed to the customers to keep calm on the situation.