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Niger residents threaten to shut down dams over poor power supply

Stakeholders in Niger State have threatened to shut down all hydroelectric dams in 21 days if the Abuja Electric Distribution Company fails to supply them with 24-hour electricity and pre-paid meters.

The protesting stakeholders include the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, youth groups, religious leaders as well as the Association of Commercial Motorcycle and Riders of Nigeria.

Addressing newsmen shortly after meeting with the stakeholders in Minna, the Chairman, House Committee on Labour and Productivity, Malik Madaki, representing Bosso Constituency, said the committee had met with the relevant stakeholders on the power situation in the state and made decisions concerning the power issues.

Madaki said it was agreed that before the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum, “AEDC must restore power for 24 hours and give us pre-paid meters or we will be forced to protest and shut down the three dams, so that Nigerians will feel what we are feeling in the state.

“We are not even supposed to pay for electricity because we host the dams and provide security for the company to do business peacefully. Yet they deny us power; but we have means of getting it.”

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