Rivers Govt wades into Afam, PHED dispute

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In an effort to diffuse the lingering power crisis which has thrown some parts of Rivers state into darkness, the State Government has said that the lingering disagreement between Afam community in Oyigbo Local Government Area and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) over power supply and alleged failure to pay for consumed energy was unacceptable, Independent reports.

Hon Shedrack Chukwu, the state Commissioner for Power, made this known during a meeting with the power Generating Company, (GenCo), and Distributing Company (DisCo), as well as representatives of the Oyigbo Youth Assembly (OYA), and host communities in the Oyigbo Local Government Area at the Ministry of Power, in Port Harcourt.

The commissioner, however, expressed displeasure over the absence of Shell Petroleum Development Company, (SPDC), and General Electric (GE), in the meeting, stressing that their further absence in subsequent meetings will send a negative signal to the effect that they were sponsoring the looming crisis in the host communities.