ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, Yenagoa
Bayelsa State government says the recent power outage in the state is as a result of a disagreement between the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) and Ahoada youths in Rivers State.
The government said the clash resulted in the youths switching off of the Ahoada Transmission Substation and cut in power supply to the state.
The State Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Hon. Ayibaina Duba, made this known in a statement in Yenagoa on Friday.
Duba said that a team comprising the State Ministry of Power, Bayelsa Electricity Company Limited in collaboration with the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company was already engaging the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to ensure the restoration of power supply to the state.
According to the Commissioner, the team is also working on appropriate measures to prevent future occurrence.
Duba appealed for the understanding of the public and power consumers in the state as all efforts are being explored to restore power supply.
He alerted the public that there had been pockets of vandalism of electrical installations by some unscrupulous elements in the state.
He called on communities to be vigilant and report any act of sabotage of power facilities in their environment.