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Our husbands don’t touch us at night because of heat — Rivers women protest power outage


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A group of women in Rivers State on Tuesday marched to the office of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) over what they described as their inability to have conjugal relationships with their husbands due to heat.

The women carried placards with inscriptions such as ‘No Light, No Payment’, ‘The Heat is too much’, etc.

The protesting women said their husbands no longer touched them at night due to heat, lamenting their inability to preserve cooked foods for weeks as a result of power outage.

They also said their businesses had been ruined due to poor power supply.

The leader of the protesting women, Maria Ike, said, “We have decided to let the world know what we are passing through in the hands of PHED. The poor supply in our area is at zero level despite the fact that we pay monthly bills to PHED. We no longer have romance and conjugal relationship with our husbands because of so much heat due to power failure. Our businesses have collapsed because of power outage. This is really affecting our families”

When contacted PHED Public Relations Officer, Livingstone Koko said that the issue of poor power supply is a general problem in the country.

He said that PHED was doing its best to improve the power supply in the state

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