Niger State government has cautioned youth in the state under the agies of #YouthLeadNigeria not to take laws into their hands over their proposed #PowerPowerState protest , as government will not tolerate any threat peace , security of lives as well as critical national infrastructures.
This is coming on the heels of a planned protest by some youth in the state over the continued epileptic power supply to the state despite the hosting of all the nation’s hydro electricity generation dams.
The government noted that while it identify and symphatise with the people of the state over the power outage and the attendant suffering being experienced, it appealed to the youth to tread with caution, as administration remain committed to fulfilling her social contract and meeting the needs of her people.
This, the statement further said informed the setting up of a high powered committee under the headship of the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso for the stabilisation of power supply to the state by the electricity distribution company.
The government in a statement signed by Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna said it will settle for nothing but improved, adequate and regular power supply to the state through legal and legitimate means of agitation.
The statement noted that government, stakeholders and the management of the electricity distribution company had held series of consultations, which will climax with a meeting on the 18th of January, where far reaching decisions will be taken for improved power supply to the state.
The statement admitted that though peaceful protest may be legitimate, it stressed the need for calm as government will not tolerate any act that will breach the peace and security of the state and neither will it allow any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.
“We wish to appeal to our youth and indeed all Nigerlites to be calm and exercise patient. Government is putting all machineries in motion to ensure that power supply to the state is not only improved but regular.
“Government is not unmindful of the effect of the irregular power supply on our artisans, business concerns, families and individuals, we frown at the development and we are committed to ensuring that Abuja Electricity Distribution Company improve its services to our people.
“We call on our people to be calm and await the outcome of the 18th January meeting with the management of AEDC, which will have representatives of various stakeholders in attendance”.