- Mr. Idris quoted Secretary to Kebbi State Government, Yakubu Bala-Tafida, as making a plea during his visit to the Transmission Company of Nigeria substation in Birnin Kebbi
- The inferno had plunged Kebbi and Sokoto States as well as some parts of Zamfara into total darkness
The Kebbi State Government has appealed to the residents of Birnin Kebbi, the state capital, and its environs to be patient as the total blackout being experienced would soon be over.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Ahmed Idris, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.
Idris quoted the Secretary to the State Government, Yakubu Bala-Tafida, as making the plea when he visited the substation of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Birnin Kebbi.
NAN recalls that on Thursday, September 14, one 90MVA (330KV/132KV) and a 60MVA (132KV/33KV) transformers were destroyed as a result of a fire incident.
NAN further recalls that the inferno had plunged Kebbi and Sokoto States as well as some parts of Zamfara State into total darkness.
The SSG said the call became imperative in view of the lingering power outage being faced by the residents in the last ten days.
He said that he was at the scene on behalf of the state governor, Nasir Idris, who instructed him to monitor the work, saying, “because he doesn’t want his people to remain in darkness.”
Bala-Tafida assured that the governor was always in support of what would bring joy and happiness to his constituents.
The SSG, who expressed satisfaction with the level of work done so far, said the team of engineers had assured that their headquarters in Abuja had given them two weeks to fix the light.
“We came, we saw the level of efforts being put in place and we are satisfied.
“All we need from our people is prayers for them to do a good job and complete it within the stipulated period and we are hopeful that the work will be completed on schedule,” he said.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser, Political Affairs and Power, Kabiru Sani-Giant, lauded the engineers for showing a high sense of commitment to the repair works.
He appealed to all the affected customers to be patient and consider what had happened as a destiny from the Almighty God that nobody could have averted.
The governor’s aide advised the people to imbibe the good culture of using electricity by switching off all appliances when not in use to minimise power wastage and possible fire incidents.
Sani-Giant said, “We should borrow a leaf from our neighbours, Niger Republic. They have that discipline. They switch on bulbs when there is a need for them unlike us Nigerians, we allow our bulbs on even during the daytime when we don’t need them.”
On possible damages during the restoration of power, the adviser promised that announcements would be made on the electronic media and other platforms for the residents to put off all appliances to avoid damages and safeguard their property.