Worsening Power Outage Leaves Jos in Five-Day Darkness

Residents of the Plateau State capital Jos and environs, today, spent the fifth day without public power supply, in what has forced many business operators closing shops, Daily Trust has observed.

3D Electric powerlines over sunrise
3D Electric powerlines over sunrise

This is another stretch of protracted power outage to hit the state in a short period, the last being two weeks ago when residents spent six straight days without electricity supply from the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC). The distribution company covers four states of Plateau, Benue, Gombe and Bauchi.

The latest outage began by noon of Friday, when the epileptic supply completely ceased without a blink even as at the time of filing this report.

Worst hit by the development are Jos-South, Barkin Ladi and Riyom local government areas in the northern parts of the state, as well as the southern local government areas of Langtang-North, and Langtang-South.

“This is the second time we are experiencing this situation of total outage for days, in two weeks alone,” Josiah, a resident of Abattoir section of Jos-South told Daily Trust, lamenting the effect of the outage on both businesses and life generally in the area. “Many shops have closed; only those with generators to provide alternative power supply are still operating.”