About 96 high tension poles belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) were destroyed by heavy wind, during the downpour that occurred on Tuesday evening in Port Harcourt.
As a result of the damaged poles with other associated materials such as 150mm aluminum conductor spanning over 32,000 metres, several cross arms, among others were also destroyed.
A cross section of Port Harcourt metropolis has been thrown into darkness.
In the wake of the loss, five 33kv and four 11kv feeders namely; Borikiri 33kv, Rainbow 33kv, Choba 33kv, Rumuolumeni 33kv and UST 33kv were affected.
Others affected are 11kv in Rumuomoi, Federal, Wokoma and Water lines.
The Chief Executive officer of PHED, Mr Jay McCoskey, reacting to the natural disaster that culminated to the loss of supply to the affected areas, appealed to the residents to exercise patience while the damaged poles are being replaced.
He assured the residents that the management would do everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply.
“It is regrettable that PHED is facing such a loss at this moment due to natural disaster, but I can guarantee that supply will be restored to the affected areas because we have started sourcing for the materials to replace the damaged poles and other accessories,” McCoskey said.
Residents in Port Harcourt are worried over the electricity bills they are made to pay by the Electricity Distribution Company in the state.
Some of the residents said, though they have prepaid meters, the PHCN officials are never available to read them .
They are more concerned that the bills they get are always over estimated.
Meanwhile, the Manager Corporate Communications, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, head quarters of 4 south south states, Jonah Iboma explained that the billing system is regulated by Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission and is always based on categories of consumption.
Mr. Boma also pointed out that bills estimation are calculated on points of electricity usage.