Business owners on 21 Road, Festac Town are upset about the state of the power supply in a community where neighbouring areas are supplied periodic power.
Mrs Adaeze Obiola, a food vendor, expressed her frustration with the current state of the power outage that has been ongoing for over seven days.
“My business is badly affected. For instance, normally I buy meat in bulk to stock in the refrigerator I won’t have to go to the market often but because of light issues, I have to go to the market every day.”
Mrs Obiola was angry over the extra cost of transportation and the stress she goes through daily.
“It is stressful coming back to cook after going to the market every day and transportation is a problem for me.”
Mrs Chinyere Nnamdi is a fashion designer whose shop is a few meters away from Mrs Obiola’s.
She was seen making clothes with a manual sewing machine which she stated is unusual.
Mrs Nnamdi stated that her work-life could have been a lot better if power was supplied to the area.
“For about there months the light has been erratic but the last few days has been poor. We have not had light at all.
“For those of us running this business, we cannot sew, we cannot iron the clothes we are making. It is running down our business.
“We are not giving customers the quality service that they deserve. Before presenting a clothe to a customer, it needs to be well ironed.”
Mrs Yusuf Blessing, Vice-chairman of J Close, 21 Road, who runs a provision and drink business says he is demoralized.
“We have been having issues with our electricity and we are not happy about it. It’s been over 7 days and we have not had power for even a second.
“It was brought to my notice yesterday that 111 Road and 311 Road have power supply. We are in between these areas but we are the only ones suffering.
“As a wholesaler, those who come to buy drinks from me don’t buy as much as they used to because there’s no electricity to keep them cold. Business is not the way it ought to be.”
Mrs Blessing stated that she will ensure she will contact Chairmen of 21 Road in an attempt to resolve the persistent challenges.
Mrs Amah Chinelo, Public Relations Officer of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), 23 Road, Festac Town was aware of the power outage.
She stated that EKEDC engineers are aware and it will be rectified soon.