Power Supply PHCN refuses to supply electricity to small town

A Kaduna community has been denied electricity despite hard labour by residents to raise money for the purchase of poles and cables

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Sabon Fili community with a substantial number of inhabitants has only a dilapidated primary School without health care centre and other social amenities that make life meaningful.

In their determination to ensure that social amenities gets to the area, both women, men, young and old, mobilized resources through community labour and raised money for the purchase of electricity Poles and cables only to have their dreams dashed by their neighboring community, Federe.

It was gathered that Federe had agreed that Sabon Fili should tap electricity from their community. Some residents of Federe had supported them in some of the communal work that led to the realization of money for the purchase of poles and cables. 

play poles bought by residents (Pulse)
play cables bought by residents (Pulse)

"But unfortunately, the day Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) officials from Lere came to our community and commenced work, I mean installing the poles, they were called back. As I am talking to you, they have not returned," a youth leader, Jonathan Ishaku, said.

"We mobilized the community in Sabon Fili, Abadawa Ward. Both Women and children worked for the money that enable us get the poles and cables. But to our surprised, the day PHCN officials started fixing these items, they were called back," Jonathan added.

He said the Late Chief of Federe, Dabo Federe, was consulted on possible way for Sabon Fili community to get electricity and "his response was that since government was not ready to provide our community with electricity, that we should tap from their community."

"We called PHCN officials to inquire whether the electricity transformer fixed at Federe community can contain us. There report was that the Electricity Transformer can supply power to more than three communities like ours. But to our greatest shock, we received a report from PHCN after they were called back from our community that Federe community said if they connect us to the National grid, riot will start."

"Since that day, PHCN officials stopped work. Sabon Fili has been living peacefully with Federe community. We wander why they would denied us such an important social amenity when authorities said the transformer can contain us," the Youth leader added.

Community leaders in Federe could not speak on the matter as at the time of filling this report. But officials of PHCN confirmed to Pulse that the transformer in Federe can transmit electricity to both communities. Pulse gathered that religious differences might not be unconnected with the recent rivalry by the communities.

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