Seventy-nine villages in the Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State on Tuesday gave a 21-day ultimatum to the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company to restore power to them with effect from Monday, April 8, 2019.
The communities threatened to shut down all substations in the locality if nothing was done within the stipulated time.
The communities members in a statement blamed the situation on alleged fraudulent activities of some staff of PHED and called on it to ensure that power was restored to them without delay.
The statement addressed to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Central Business District, Abuja, through the Chief Executive Officer, PHED, and copied the state Governor and the Paramount Ruler of Itu LGA, was made available to newsmen in Uyo.
According to the statement which was signed by chairmen in council and youth presidents of the 79 villages of Itu LGA, the community leaders had called for the removal of the PHED management engaged in the fraudulent dealings.
“We the chairmen in council of the 79 villages in the Itu Local Government Area, the village youth presidents from the different villages and the relevant stakeholders, after due consultations and considerations have resolved that PHED should restore steady power to Itu communities within 21 working days with effect from April 8, 2019.
“That PHED should with immediate effect remove every worker or contractor that is found wanting as we are aware that the head of marketing and the marketers are engaged in fraudulent dealings of outrageous bills to rob Itu people and do not remit the proceeds from billings to the head office.
“Power should be retrieved from all quarters which it had been illegally distributed to, until the primary constituents; the people of Itu LGA are settled.
“We will all sub-stations operating in Itu LGA if justice is not done to our requests within the stipulated period,” the statement read.