JUST IN: Aggrieved youths block Niger’s major road, chase SSG over power supply
Aggrieved youths of Niger community have reportedly blocked one of the major roads in Minna, the capital of Niger state to protest incessant power supply in the state.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the outraged youths of Kpakungun area also sent away the Secretary to the Niger State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Matane while appealing to them to open up the roads and stop the protest and demanded that Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello should show up to address them.
Speaking at the protest, the youths stated that they are tired of the epileptic power supply and further stressed that the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was taking residents for granted.
It was also learnt that the blocked road, Kpakungun is the only road that leads to the Southern part of the country and one of the most used road in the state.
As at the time of filing this report, motorists especially those traveling to the south, are still stranded at the area and the SSG hurriedly left amid boos and chants after efforts to calm down protesters failed.
Speaking with reporters, one of the Councillors representing Minna South Ward, Aminu Ladan said that was zero response from the authorities, saying the protest was peaceful and responsible.
“As you can see, the SSG was driven away in anger and the message he brought could not be passed. My people are demanding for the presence of the Governor.
“As a political office holder, I understand that the SSG is a representative of the Governor but the people do not understand that. They are not convinced and they want the governor to come himself,” he said.
The youths vowed to close the road for 24 hours until the Governor shows up.
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