Thousands of residents in parts of Ilorin, the Kwara capital, on Friday said they were going through a lot of hardship without electricity since over a month now.
The affected areas which are in the Ilorin West Local Government Area of the state include Baboko Alore. Adabata, Pakata and Oloje among others.
Their Spokesman, Alhaji Ismail Alada, said that the total blackout had crippled social and economic activities in these areas.
He pleaded with the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to replace the damaged electricity power breakers in some areas in order to restore power so that business activities would continue.
Alada said that the situation was becoming unbearable for some residents as a result of the power outage.
He alleged that some suspected hoodlums had taken advantage of the power outage to attack some residents and carted away their belongings.
One of the affected residents, a retired civil servant in the state, Malam Musa Yahaya, said that the power outage had encouraged crimes in all the affected areas.
He called on the state government to urgently intervene to save the communities from total darkness and collapse of economic activities.
Yahaya also implored the management of IBEDC, to as a matter of urgency, ensure that electricity was restored to the affected communities to enhance commercial activities.
Mr Asaju Kolawole, the Regional Communication Manager of IBEDC, said the company was aware of the problem.
He attributed the problem to a major fault at the transmission station in Sawmill area in Ilorin.
Kolawole, however, gave an assurance that repair work had reached the advanced stage and that the power would soon be restored to all the affected areas.