Severe Heat, Blackout, Fuel Scarcity Inflict Pains On Nigerians

These are surely not the best of times for Nigerians who have to go through the present harsh weather condition in agony without choice.

Our correspondent gathered that what has made the condition worse is the fact that they have been in total blackout for days without electricity.

Another salt added to their injury is the scarcity of petrol, which if it had been readily available, they would have purchased to power their generating sets.

In some areas visited by Aproko247 in Lagos on Wednesday, they have been in total blackout for about three to four days.

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The Ikeja Electric, which gives electricity to residents in the mainland of Lagos, sent out a message to its consumers, apologising for the poor electricity.

The message, which our correspondent obtained reads, “Dear Customer, the current epileptic power supply you are experiencing is due to ongoing activities by some Labor Unions who are picketing in our facilities.

“Ikeja Electric regrets all inconveniences and wants to assure you that we are doing our best to normalize the situation as soon as possible.”

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The above message was sent out to customers of Ikeja Electric on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Most of the residents of Lagos who spoke with Aproko247 complained of how life has been made very tough for them.

They said the heat is very harsh and they have no electricity or fuel to make life easy for them.

According to them, what is most annoying is that government has not come out to address them on efforts being made to stop the fuel scarcity and blackout.

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“Government only recently increased electricity tariffs and we are suffering total blackout for days now, is this the change we were promised,” one aggrieved Lagosian asked in pain.

Aproko247 gathered that the present rise in temperature in Nigeria is caused by a heat wave, which medical experts warn can kill.

Also, there are diseases associated with heat-waves such as Meningitis, measles and heat related illness due to high humidity and temperature.

Nigerians can only hope that these hard times are over very soon.

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