Misau residents seek end to poor electricity supply, insecurity, others.

By Kaka Mohammed Misau

Misau Integrated Trade Unions and Civil Society Organization has appealed to authorities concerned to as a matter of urgency, addresses epileptic power supply, insecurity and many other challenges bedevilling the area.

The appeal which was contained in a Communique reached at the end of the Group’s first town hall meeting as circulated to journalists in Bauchi by Abdullahi Abubakar said the appeal became necessary due to “incessant problems of poor power supply, newly born insecurity bedeviling every nook and cranny of Misau”.

The town hall meeting, held at Government Day Secondary School Misau on Sunday according to the communiqué was organised under the main themes that include ‘Epileptic power supply, Poor water supply, Insecurity and other identified issues threatening the society’.

The communique said Misau Integrated Unions and Civil Society Organisation is a non partisan movement.

It further explained that, the organization is a pressure group that has very deep and serious concern towards the human and infrastructural growth and development of Misau town.

The group expressed deep concern over some of the aforementioned issues bedeviling Misau local government area despite billions of Naira injected by the former late NNPC GMD Late Dr. M.K Baru.

They described the situation as worrisome, coupled with other worrying developments that call for urgent attention and scrutiny.

“This forum organized this town hall meeting and invited general public for the discussion and public hearing”, the group said.

The communiqué which said public hearing on the aforementioned issues was very successful and wonderful noted that it attracted personalities from every profession and discipline.

“The members were briefed by the Chairman (Barr. Muhammad Hamma) about the efforts made so far by the Union and people were given the opportunity to make their own contributions”, the communiqué further said.

It noted that observations were made on the epileptic power supply which despite the efforts made by the forum and the promises made by the Electricity Distribution Company, the problems still persists, a situation they noted has been depriving artisans and business owners from getting any benefit.

Other observations made according to the communiqué were on the inadequate water supply and security.

The communiqué decried that despite efforts made by the security agencies and law abiding citizens to secure their areas, new trend of criminals who are stealing, robbing and harming people is being experienced.

The group which sought to be involved to save the situation also resolved to follow up the agreement reached with the Electricity Distribution Company to a logical conclusion.

“This agreement has already been breached by the later and strict measures (which may include non payment of bills) may be applied in order address the situation”, they vowed.

To also safe the situation, the communiqué resolved to also advised residents to desist from illegal connections and tapping of electricity.

“Furthermore, three options will form part of our Discussion with the Company;
a) to agree between the residents and the power company on the number of hours per day upon which to supply electricity.

b) Or alternatively to install metres to our houses for everyone to enjoy the electricity as much as he/she can afford and
c) In the case of both the two mentioned options failed to yield result, then we will be left with no option than to pay the bills the way we want (like they do) or even stop paying until the situation improves”, the communiqué resolved.

To bring to an end, the water problem, the communiqué noted that a committee saddled with that responsibility will continue with their investigation to unearth the reasons behind it by meeting the management of the water board and other critical stake holders.

They also resolved to liaise with the Wards Heads for them to caution people on the need to take proper care of the existing water pipelines and taps and ensure they pay water bills as at when due.

The communiqué while pledging support to the security agencies, urged parents to warn their children against involving in any criminal act.

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