Rivers state witnessed an unusual situation on Tuesday when some women displayed a striking public discontent over the epileptic services provided by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC).
The placard-carrying protesters, mostly women matched through major streets in communities in Diobu that included Dim lane, Wokoma lane, Obaziolu, Egbuagu, Azikiwe, and Ojoto in Mile 2 and Mile 3.
The placards had various inscriptions to drive home their messages including:
“We lack romance with our husbands”,
“Our husbands no longer touch us at night”,
“No light no payment”
‘The heat is too much,”
“‘PHED help us to sleep well with our husbands.”
The women stormed the office of the PHEDC to register their displeasure, barricading the office located near the Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt.
They said they were protesting against the prolonged outage of electricity they had suffered within the Diobu axis of Port Harcourt, which according to them, was the reason their husbands barely had time with them in the night, due to the intense heat waves.
The protesters demanded an end to the erratic power supply, which had also affected their businesses, reiterating their decision to re-mobilise for another peaceful protest if the condition did not improve.
One of the protesters who spoke to journalist said: “This lack of light (electricity) is making our soup sour. Even when our husbands want to make love to us, the heat will not allow it.
“We can’t even charge our phones and preserve our food. We are worried.”