Calabar blackout enters 5th day as economic activities partially grounded

Calabar, the capital of Cross River State, is experiencing its fifth day of complete blackout.

The blackout is said to have begun after the metropolis was devastated by heavy rain and thunderstorms on Thursday, damaging property worth billions of Naira, including electrical installations.

Aside from the damaged electrical infrastructure, the storm uprooted large trees, which fell on electric installations, causing a blackout that impacted several businesses in the metropolis.

Nouristhem conducted a tour of the city and discovered that technicians who rely on electricity for their work have been hit the hardest, especially those who do not own generators.

Mr Effiong Bassey a welder who recounted his predicament to our reporter said it was becoming too difficult to feed his family.

“Since last week when the rain fell, I have not generated any income, my children and family are suffering.

Another technician who gave his name as Aniekan said he works on phones and phone installations, electricity is an important tool in our work

“Without electricity, we cannot work, I beg the power company to facilitate the installation of power as well as replacement of fallen poles in the affected areas.

Some people who had scheduled their marriages and other social activities also had to expand their budget to accommodate the hiring of generators

“I have no alternative than to make available N50, 000 for additional power, if not my guests will not see cold drinks and the venue will be hot and unconducive.

At the time of filing this report, officials of the power distribution company and Calabar Urban Development Authority as well as the Ministry of Environment were seen clearing the streets of debris.

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