Power outage has paralysed social and economic activities in Daura, Sandamu, Mai’adua and Zango towns in Katsina State.
The towns had been in darkness due to total power failure in the last two weeks; a situation which has affected the livelihood of the residents, who now rely on generating sets to run their businesses while others without the generators have folded up.
The situation had compelled most operators of businesses including grinding machines owners to operate on diesel. This also resulted in the hiking of prices for grinding services from N10 to N30 per measure of grain.
Many residents of Daura said the problem, which started two weeks ago, had brought untold hardships to them.
One of them, Basiru Kofar-Kudu said: “the power failure being experienced in Daura and the other towns is intentional because the PHCN did not explain it to us.”
Kabir Musa, the Caretaker Chairman, Daura Local Council, expressed dismay over the situation, saying it had adversely affected the lives of the people.
He appealed to the federal government to complete the Daura sub-station in order to address the frequent power failure in the area.
Reacting, the PHCN Manager in charge of Daura, Ibrahim Dayyabu, said the power outage was due to a damaged transformer supplying electricity to Daura from Katsina.
Danyyabu assured the consumers that the PHCN was working to repair the transformer and restore electricity supply to Daura and other affected towns.