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RESIDENTS OF SAGBOKODJI ISLAND IN LAGOS REVEAL THEY HAVE NOT HAD ELECTRICITY IN 100 YEARS

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Despite the dwindling state of electricity in the country, citizens still manage to enjoy a few hours of power supply that makes life more convenient. However, for residents of Sagbokodji, an island located in the Apapa area of Lagos state, electricity has been a luxury they have not been afforded in more than a century. In a report by BBC Pidgin, residents of the area revealed that they have never enjoyed power supply from the former government owned National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) turned Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). They said people residing in the community are often enveloped in a blanket of darkness once it is nighttime. 

One of the residents of the community identified as Joseph Temilade Damola, expressed that residents are often forced to charge their mobile devices at a charge of N50 on a daily basis as there is no other alternative. Footballer lovers among them often pay N100-N150 to enjoy the luxury of catching up with their favorite football matches.

A female resident identified as Hunsa Ise, shared the harrowing story of how her apartment was raised down by fire caused by a kerosene lamp. Another resident identified as Maria Titiloye also shared a similar experience of how her apartment was raised by fire and how she has been forced to sell wood as a means of survival. 

In a related power supply story, Legit.ng previously gathered that a Nigerian chemical engineer identified as Adesoji Adesina , disclosed that it may take the Nigerian power sector another 100 years to be able to provide steady power supply. Adesina said if the country keeps relying on fossil energy resource as it has been doing over years, enjoying stable power supply is not possible. 

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