Port Harcourt Electricity
Distribution Company (PHED) has attributed the over-five month power outage in most parts of Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State to vandalism and non-payment of electricity bills
The spokesman of PHED told The Tide yesterday that efforts by the company to maintain desired power supply to the area was being frustrated by the activities of vandals who vandalized electricity installations in the area.
Onyi said, in view of the stand of the company on vandalised equipment, it has become a challenge for the damaged facilities to be replaced.
He stressed the need for Neighbourhood Vigilante Groups in Etche to step up efforts towards protecting power facilities in the area.
According to him, when community people and vigilante groups in the area keep eagle eye on the facilities, it would be difficult for the vandals to continue their sabotage.
He also explained that other parts of the local government area that were not affected by vandalism, owe huge electricity bills and advised them to meet the payment standard to have services restored in the area.
For over five months, electricity consumers had suffered total blackout.
Some of the affected consumers who spoke to The Tide said the outage had frustrated socio-economic development in the area.
Emeka Nwala, who lamented the negative effects of the development called on the Etche Local Government Council chairman to wade into the issue in the interest of the people of the area.