YENAGOA – The Bayelsa State Government, on Friday, explained that the prolonged power cut in the state was due to a disagreement between the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) and the youths of Ahoada in neighboring Rivers State.
The Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Ayibaina Duba, gave the explanation in a statement he issued in Yenagoa.
Duba said, “The disagreement resulted into the switching off of the Ahoada Transmission Substation and cut in power supply to the state.”
He said that a team comprising the state Ministry of Power, Bayelsa Electricity Company Limited in collaboration with the PHED was already engaging the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to ensure the restoration of power supply to the state.
According to him, the team was also working on appropriate measures to prevent future occurrence.
Duba appealed for the understanding of the public and power consumers in the state as all efforts are being explored to restore power supply.
He also alerted the public that there had been pockets of vandalism of electrical installations by some unscrupulous elements in the state.
The commissioner, therefore, called on communities to be vigilant and report any act of sabotage of power facilities in their environment.