ABUJA Some electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called on the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to ensure stable power supply during the Christmas and New Year periods.
The consumers told newsmen that every family deserved to celebrate the season with electricity supply as many people prefer to stay indoors during the period.
A businessman, Mr. Kingsley Egwuonwu, a resident of Karmo, urged the AEDC to sustain the tempo in improved power supply over the period of Yuletide.
“Prior to this period, power supply in Karmo has been very bad but since this December, we are enjoying constant power supply. I hope they will sustain it during the Christmas period,” he said.
According to him, Christmas was a season when most Nigerians stay in their houses to celebrate with their families.
“I am appealing to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to make electricity available to those of us that will not travel so that we can enjoy the Christmas,” he said.
He told newsmen that in 2013 most residents of Karmo spent the Christmas with epileptic power supply.
Mr. Ugwu Ernest, a resident of Karu, an Abuja suburb said that he expected stable electricity supply to FCT during the Christmas period.
He urged AEDC not to deviate from the tradition of ensuring stable power supply to the territory during Christmas.
“Electricity supply has always been stable in the FCT during Christmas because so many people travel to their villages to celebrate the festival so that removes pressure on the power lines,” he said.
He said that electricity supply in the territory had become so poor in spite of prompt payment of electricity bills by subscribers.
A Nyanya resident, Alhaji Adamu Tanko said that power crisis in the country “has become more of a spiritual than a technical problem.’’
“My brother, honestly, I always prefer to keep quiet about power supply in Nigeria because the more I talk about it the angrier I become,” he said.
He wondered why the problem of power supply could not be solved once and for all in the country after much funds had been expended on the sector.
Tanko said that though he is a Muslim, the period is one that most Nigerians stayed at home and they would expect 24 hour electricity supply.
He said that with the reduction in the population of the FCT residents during the season, he expected a stable power supply from AEDC.
Mrs. Eugenia Moses, a resident of Mararaba on the outskirts of FCT said though she would travel for the Christmas, she expected a stable power supply for those who would not travel.