Hell In AK: PHEDC Grounds Businesses …Alleged Graft Fingered

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Business owners and residents of Itu Local Government Area have been experiencing hard times for four weeks now as the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has disconnected the entire local government area.
Sources who do not want to be named alleged that PHEDC Head Office in Port Harcourt shut down the Itu Power Station indefinitely due to malfeasance among some branch staff in Itu LGA.
Although a second leg of the audit is going on, The Sensor gathered that some staff managing Itu points have failed to remit monies of PHEDC running into millions of naira.
Upon a preliminary audit, our sources revealed that PHEDC had to shut down its supply to Itu.
While the business owners in the area await to witness a change in the current blackout, they are counting their loses on a daily basis.
Artisans, hair-dressers, dry-cleaners, beverages sellers, butcheries, etc have recorded huge losses within the period.
Some of the traders who spoke with our reporter decried the current state of affairs as it affects lack of electricity.
According to them, the situation has added to their troubles in a battered economy.
Our respondents maintained that with the high cost of fuel, it is unthinkable for managers of public power to put out electricity.
In their view the cost of buying fuel and maintaining the generators has increased overhead cost and since their customers cannot afford the high cost they get no patronage.
For households, it is a very tough time having to either buy fuel to power generators or live without electricity.
Efforts to reach the Uyo businesses manager of PHEDC for comments were abortive as he was said to have been summoned to Port Harcourt.

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