Reports just reaching us now that protest is about kicking off in Minna because of no power supply in the Capital city of Niger state.
“A mass action/protest against the continued epileptic power supply
and blackout the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC across
parts of Niger state is fixed for today, (Tuesday. 20th December 2016),
organized residents of the capital city, Minna and surrounding
Under a popular mass movement, the planned protest is to show
disapproval over the inexplicable and continued epileptic, poor power
supply and in some places, total blackout for weeks unend.
Findings our correspondent comfirmed that electricity consumers in
parts of the state capital are poised for a massive protest match on
the major street of the city centre.
The protest tagged “Million Man Match Against Blackouts By AEDC” is
the resolution from decisions residents of communities affected by
the epileptic power supply from the national grid as channelled the
AEDC to the state.
Electricity supply from the national grid to the state is under the
franchise right of the AEDC which controls the four states of Nasarawa,
Kogi, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
But since the company (AEDC) won the bid as one of the nine
distribution companies in the country to distribute electricity to
states, consumers of electricity in Niger state have not been
comfortable with the services of the company.
Electricity consumers in parts of state have had cause to lament over
the poor, decreasing electricity supply for two years running.
The situation got worst this year prompting Governor Abubakar Sani
Bello of Niger state to publicly lament the frequent power outages and
weeks of blackouts without explanation nor apologies from the company.
On two separate occasions, the state government threatened to
withhold its monitory contributions for power generation in the country
since the state was not getting commensurate services from the national
Though information about the planned protest is sketchy, sources
told our reporter that it is billed to be flagged off at the popular
The procession would match through the major streets and Highways,
the Emir’s Palace, AEDC’s office in Minna and then to the Government
Source: News Nigerian