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THE CRIES UNHEARD!

By Jideofor Bonaventure
However, prior to the lockdown of the Covid 19 pandemic in the country, stable power supply was not entirely the 'cries' of many since they have devised means to survive without 'crying' their eyes out over power supply. Moreover, some who leave home for work enjoys electricity at work since most workplaces own and sustain their generators.
(Children in search of a brighter future in dark Africa: Photo: Jideofor Bonaventure)

It is indeed pitiable to know that Nigeria in her ‘might’ suffers unstable power supply. And more questionable is the fact that in some of her localities, there is total absence of power supply. Citizens who reside within the second category have been unjustly condemned to darkness as they have gotten used to living without electricity. Thus; it is then funny to note that a 10 year old child in such localities cannot imagine life with stable power supply.

The above situation therefore explains why it has become an essential property for each household to own a Generator set – a home base artificial power supply machine. And few install solar systems which is alternatively called the power inverter.

lnterestingly, when the undeniable old adage “All fingers are not equal” is implied, we discover that the second alternative power supply is far too difficult for an average Nigerian family to acquire. But as regards the first, while there are citizens who cannot afford a Generator set, there are some who can afford it but struggles to afford the gasoline to keep the generator alive. There are also the last set who can both afford the generator and the gasoline without a single worry.

However, prior to the lockdown of the Covid 19 pandemic in the country, stable power supply was not entirely the ‘cries’ of many since they have devised means to survive without ‘crying’ their eyes out over power supply. Moreover, some who leave home for work enjoys electricity at work since most workplaces own and sustain their generators. Consequently, when these categories of persons return home at night, they could use their own generators for a short time before bed time. This makes the worry of power supply less resounding. But with the current lockdown in the country and with the climate change that shows itself in the unprecedented hot weather, human beings are ‘roasted’ inside their houses because there is no means to artificially manipulate the weather for convenience.

Additionally, while the weather ‘roasts’ humans, the boredom from the lockdown cannot be eased beautifully since individual gadgets cannot be powered as there is no power supply. Further, some who were able to afford gasoline during the early weeks of the lockdown could not continue ‘feeding’ the machine at the expense of feeding the stomach. And this in some way alters the stay at home policy since citizens are compelled by boredom to power their gadgets in their respective neighbourhoods.

However, this is definitely not the cries of every Nigerian. Thus, while some live in castles others live in ‘huts’, while some make the gasoline, some buy it and others cannot make it nor afford it. Hence, it is of this last set of citizens that this pen bleeds.

It is to be noted that life in the castle and in the ‘hut’ have one common necessity; electricity. By this necessity of life, ‘huts’ acquire the beauty of the castles as bricks or muds makes no entire meaning since no one is more human than the other. This distinguishes between those who do not suffer this at all, those who suffer little and those who entirely are helpless, leaving many sorrowful and particularly frustrated.

In the end, what then is the hope of this class of persons in the world? They plead that the pandemic should cease that they may not be ‘roasted’ in their huts or castles but on the streets?

However, either to the pandemic or to the-powers-that-be let these Cries be heard!

(Author Jideofor Bonaventure is Nigeria based fresh collage graduate activist)

Published Date: Thursday, May 7th, 2020 | 08:20 PM

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