Ogun communities protest poor electricity, want manager removed

30 November 2015, Abeokuta – Some residents of 16 community development associations in Igberen, in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, have thronged the district office of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company in Iyana Iyesi to protest against poor power supply and high billing.

Power transmission station

Power transmission station

The residents also accused the district manager of the power company, Mr. Abiodun Adebayo, of giving preference to companies in the areas to the detriment of residents, demanding that he should be replaced.

Some of them, who spoke with PUNCH Metro, said they were tired of “load shedding, three hours on, one-day off” despite the high billing they were given monthly.

They displayed placards with inscriptions, ‘No more load shedding in Igberen’ and ‘Adebayo is our problem’, among others.

The Chairman of Irepodun-Owode, Igberen, Mr. Fatai Ayinde, said the company had promised to rectify the problem two months ago when the landlords had a meeting with its management. He added that the erratic electricity in the area had crippled commercial activities.

He said, “We are tired of load shedding and crazy bills. We have had meetings with the electricity company management several times to no avail.

“Their workers came to disconnect our line some days ago when some youths challenged them. They (the workers) invited policemen who arrested four of the youths. We paid N10,000 before they were released.”

The Chairman, Olokuta community, Mr. Mansuru Odeyemi, said, “Enough is enough. We don’t want load shedding again.”

Another landlord, Mr. P.A. Owoseni, said he had appealed to Adebayo, the power company district manager, to no avail.

The manager, however, said the load shedding was caused by the low power generation in the country and promised that there would be improvement soon.

He said, “The shedding is applicable to all customers. Where I live, it is one day on, two days off. But people of those communities said they wanted it every day, which is not possible for now. Whenever the system improves, we will serve them better.”


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