Ramadan: Residents kicks as ice block sold up to N200 in Katsina
As the month of Ramadan enters day 5, on Friday, many residents in Katsina State have continued to decry a scarcity and an inflated price of ice blocks coupled with the increasing demand of the commodity.
This according to Katsina post findings may be also compounded by the reports of a total electricity blackout, occasioned by the collapse in the national grid.
Our correspondent observed that the situation had also caused the price ice block to hike from N10 before the commencement of Ramadan to between N150 and N200, a situation that brought displeasure to the residents.
However, the residents had to resort to using normal drinks to break their fast, owing to the scarcity of the ice block, adding that, that was not even effective to quench their thirst.
Many of the residents complained that they had been to many places in search of ice blocks but could not find it.
Some spots were the commodity is being sold is, however, being characterized by a huge crowd of people trying to buy.
However, the Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO had apologized to its esteemed customers over the protracted power outage being experienced at its coverage areas of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.
As national grid collapsed the third time in two days, living KEDCO with no power to share, the firm pleaded with its customers to exercise patients over the inconveniences the problem had caused.
The company’s spokesman, Mohammed Kandi, said in a statement issued in Kano on Thursday that, “the management of KEDCO sincerely apologize to all our esteemed customers in Kano, Jigawa and Katsina states on the ongoing power shortage being experienced at their various locations.”
He further explained that power supply was restored to customers at about 10 am on Thursday, after the second collapse which occurred by 5:27 am.
According to Mr. Kandi, “the grid crashed again at exactly 2:24 pm on Thursday, thereby forcing KEDCO coverage areas to deal with zero Megawatts.”
Mr. Kandi, however, assured that normal power supply would be restored to KEDCO’s network area as soon as the grid stabilizes.