Artisans in Delta have called on the Federal Government to urgently tackle the worseningÂ power problem in the country to save their trades.
They said that enhanced and stable power supply was the only way that would ensureÂ meaningful development in the country.
The artisans, who included welders and electrical technicians made the call in anÂ interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba.
They said that it was sad that 50 years after the nationâ€™s independence it was stillÂ grappling with the problem of power supply.
Mr Felix Obikodo, a welder, asked, â€œhow can the international community be referring toÂ Nigeria as the giant of African when it cannot provide basic infrastructure for itsÂ citizens.
He scored Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) low, and said that it had not done wellÂ in the discharge of its duties.
Obikodo said, â€œIn power supply, our country has failed as it has only succeeded inÂ pushing the self-employed skilled worker, who cannot afford generators, out of business.Â â€œAs you can see, for me to do this business, I need regular power supply and that is whyÂ I run generator all through the day.
â€œBut for some persons, who cannot afford a generating set, they have packed up theirÂ businesses.â€