Northern Youths Threaten To Blow Up Hydroelectric Dams

By Ikenga Chronicles January 8, 2018

Northern Youths Threaten To Blow Up Hydroelectric Dams

Some Northern youths in Niger State have threatened to blow up the three hydroelectric dams in the state over the persistent decline in electricity supply to consumers. Security operatives in the state and the government have been gripped with fear by the threat.

As a result, security has been beefed up around all the electrical installations, including the Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro hydroelectric dams.

The YouthleadNigeria had given the AEDC up to January 5 to improve its services by ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity for 24 hours daily or face the consequences.

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Convener of the group, Mohammed Saidu Etsu, told journalists in Minna at the weekend that “AEDC has not met our demands so we will carry out our actions including blowing up of the hydroelectric dams in the state.”

According to him, “We will begin sit-out at the Shiroro Transmission Station in Minna from Monday [today], and our members throughout the state will occupy all AEDC offices to show that we are serious about our demands.”

He asked the people of the state to “join us in this project,” saying: “For once, we should stand up for our right.”

He added: “instead of the AEDC to meet our demands, we are retrogressing, resulting in all businesses collapsing; investors refusing to invest in the state, unemployment increasing by the day.

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“We learnt that the government has met with the AEDC officials and reached an agreement with them. The government has not briefed us. If we have to change our position, the government must be ready to be held accountable, and assure us that AEDC will give 24-hour supply of electricity.”

The YouthleadNigeria, he said, would also this week institute a N100billion suit against the AEDC to “recover the amount illegally made from our people as a result of estimated billings over the years; compensation for families who lost their loved ones and property as a result of power surge around the state and others.”