Blackout: Kebbi Gov’t. seeks patience of residents

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The Kebbi Government has appealed to the residents of Birnin Kebbi and its environs to be patient as the total blackout being experienced would soon be over.
Alhaji Ahmed Idris, Chief Press Secretary to the Kebbi Governor disclosed this in a statement made available in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday.
Idris quoted the Secretary to Kebbi State Government (SSG), Alhaji Yakubu Bala-Tafida as making the plea when he visited the substation of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Birnin Kebbi.
On Thursday, Sept. 14, one 90MVA (330KV/132KV) and a 60MVA (132KV/33KV) transformers were destroyed as a result of a fire incident,
The inferno had plunged Kebbi and Sokoto States  as well as  some parts of Zamfara 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, 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 to the Governor on Political Affairs and Power, Alhaji 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 minimize power wastage and possible fire outbreaks.
Sani-Giant said: “We should borrow a leaf from our neighbors, Niger Republic, they have that discipline, they switch on bulbs when there is need for them unlike us Nigerians, we allow our bulbs on even during the day time 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.

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