Bayelsa Govt breaks silence on total blackout
The Bayelsa State Government has explained why there has been a power outage in Yenagoa, the state capital, and other parts of the state.
According to the State government, the shutdown was caused by a dispute between the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) and Ahoada Youths, which resulted in the shutdown of the Ahoada Transmission Substation and a cut in power supply to the state.
It has been reported that the State capital has been completely blacked out for several weeks, with the exception of the suburbs, where SHELL and other means are distributing power.
Hon. Ayibaina Duba, the State Commissioner for Information, Orientation, and Strategy, made the announcement in a statement issued in Yenagoa over the weekend.
Hon. Ayibaina Duba disclosed that a team comprising the State Ministry of Power, Bayelsa Electricity Company Limited, in collaboration with the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company is already engaging the TCN to ensure the restoration of power supply to the State.
According to the Commissioner, the team is also working on appropriate measures to prevent future occurrence.
While appealing for the understanding of the public and power consumers in the State, as all efforts were being explored to restore power supply, Hon Duba alerted the public that there have been pockets of vandalisation of electrical installations by some unscrupulous elements in the State and called on communities to be vigilant and report any act of sabotage of power facilities in their environment.