•Nigerians speak their minds
Nollywood actress and singer recently cast her voice on the situation of power supply in Nigeria and as expected, this threw up a wave of reaction from fans situated in several parts of the Lagos metropolis.
Omotola kicked off the episode with what could pass for her assessment of the present situation of power supply in the country. “Hello Osexynationals! Anyone noticed the really improved Power supply? Please let it not stop Lord...”
While some saluted the companies in charge of supplying electricity across the nation, others approached Omotola's lines with blend of sarcasm and caution.
"It's really wonderful... Even we that stay in AJ-City (Ajegunle in Lagos), we are enjoying steady light now... That calls for national celebration," said Chris Agomuo.
A Lagos-based script writer, Omoboladale Hassan was one of those to throw a spanner into the wheels of Omotola’s appraisal. “Power improvement? Not in my own area in Ikotun...”
Another Nigerian, Akinbisoye Stphen corroborated Hassan's claim when he said, “Ikotun is so poor in the area of electricity.
One of Omotola’s fans, Jennifer shared the actresses’ assessment when she said, “"It won’t stop because I noticed it too. We are improving,” she said.
Jamie, an energy consultant was one of the few who responded with a line laced with suspicion. “Yes, it (power supply) has really improved... I hope it’s not an election trick though...”
For Kayode Oyemade who resides at Ijegun, there was no reason to cheer or smile. “I stay at Ikotun; Off Ijegun Road and spend N500 on fuel every day.”
An agricultural economist, Dare argued that it was too early to commend the companies shouldered with the responsibility of supplying electricity. “At this point, we can't commend Power supply because of the rains; more water at Kainji. Let's wait till dry season,” he said.
A fan who resides at Aguda, Diamond also had a response to Omotola’s message. “Power supply has really improved in my area Aguda in surulere. Since Saturday evening they've not taken d light till now.”
Another axis of Lagos that presently enjoys a steady supply of electricity is Iyana Ipaja and this was how a resident, Ogunjirin Opeyemi coined it. “Power supply has really improved in your childhood area (Alagutan/Iyana Ipaja). I just hope this is not another election trick though.”
Lamenting the present situation, an award-winning motivational speaker, Wahab said, "In Agbara, we could boast of 72 hours of power before privatisation. Now, we hardly have 24 hours of power. It’s verifiable. It's not improving at all," he enthused.
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By: SAMOD BIOBAKU