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Industries decry planned 30 days power blackout by Ikeja Electric

Since the announcement weekend by the management of one of the Discos operating Lagos, Ikeja Electric (IE) that there will be a 30 days disruption of power supply to certain areas under its network, officials of major manufacturing companies within the affected axis have decried the move.

Some of them who confirmed getting the notice said the outage will add to their growing production woes and further weaken their revival efforts in the face of forex and ease of doing business confusion.

In the notice statement, IE linked the outage to “planned outage resulting from the maintenance work being carried out by the Transmission Company of Nigeria on its transformers at the Ikeja West Transmission Station.”

The areas to be affected by the maintenance exercise, which will commence on Monday, March 6 and end on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, include Ojodu, Magodo, Alausa, Oke-Afa, Bolorunpelu, Egbe, Igando, Shasha, Ipaja, Alimosho, Agege, Egbeda and Abesan.

Others are Ayetoro, Abule-Taylor, Ogba, Ifako, Shomolu, Gbagada, Oworonshoki, Ogudu, Isheri-Olowora, Berger, Anthony, Ota and environs.

Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, Mr. Felix Ofulue who signed the statement appealed to residents of the affected areas to bear with the company, while stressing the importance of the maintenance as a necessity for improved power supply and better service delivery.

According to him, a load-shedding arrangement to ensure equitable distribution of power supply to the affected areas had been worked out by the company, saying the maintenance was part of the company’s drive to grow service delivery.