Businesses Groan as Blackout Hit Ogoniland

For five days of no power supply to Ogoniland particularly, Khana and Gokana local government areas, small businesses have been left helpless as the become their own power generating companies using small generators.
A small business trader in Bori, headquarter of Khana local government area, Sampson Biragbara lament heavy losses due to higher cost of energy as businesses take responsibility to generate power for their operations.
 
Letura, a native of Kpor who is a small fashion designer in Kpor, headquarter of Gokana local government area laments similar ordeal.
 
Our investigations reveal that small businesses groan under the stressful and hot temperature without the use of air conditioners.
 
Hair stylists and Hotels appear to be one of the worst hit as they cannot operate without power. One hotel operator in Bori says he spends NGN6,000 (about$150) daily to generate power. This amount would have been more than sufficient to pay electricity bills in one month had the public power supply been available.
 
Households are not left out as they cannot power their private water systems necessary to provide alternative water supply in the highly polluted Ogoniland. This situation is certainly having an effect on public health according to experts.
Households are not left out as they cannot power their private water systems necessary to provide alternative water supply in the highly polluted Ogoniland. This situation is certainly having an effect on public health according to experts.
As at the time of this report, the electricity distribution company could not be contacted to ascertain the reason for the blackout. However, Ogoninews investigations reveal that power was last week restored for three days a a senior government official laid his father to rest. The question is, will the Ogoni people only get electricity when senior government functionaries have an event?
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