Ikire suffers five months of blackout

The protesters   PHOTO: ENIOLA DANIEL


Residents of Papa Ajao area of Mushin, Lagos on Monday protested alleged failure by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to supply them light, and what they described as crazy bill being forced on them.

The protesters, who were at The Guardian to register their complaints, alleged that the interest of the masses had been rubbished by the EKEDC, which was accused of supplying electricity to only the companies operating in areas under its control.

The spokesman for the protesters, Mr. Olatunji said: ‘’The electricity bill they brought this month was a very crazy one, how can you expect a two- bedroom flat to be paying 25,000 a month?, and the worse is that we are not even enjoying the light.” Olatunji said the protest was aimed at making the whole world know what the residents were suffering under the electricity firm.

The chairman of Awanatu-Mushin Papa-Ajao residents, Mr. Ajisafe, who was among the protesters, said the increase in tariff was not in the best interest of the masses, urging the government to consider the poor.

The protesters alleged that the outage was already taking its toll on their health. “Some members of our families now fall sick frequently following mosquito bites and suffocation, which are causing sleeplessness and rashes. There is also water shortage as some of us have to travel as far as Fadeyi to get water due to lack of electricity in the area to pump water,” one of the protesters said.

Another protester, Mr. Oluwaseun, said: “We spoke to the Marketing Manager, Mrs. Obiora, who told us that they were not using units, but assumption. Please, we are begging, let EKEDC give us adequate light and reasonable bills. Anytime they bring crazy bill, without giving us proper light, no official will be allowed to climb the ladder to disconnect any consumer.’’

In another development, citizens of Irewole local council in Ikire, Osun State, have been in total darkness for the past five months. The community, which is managed by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), is lamenting the acute blackout that is exceeding its fifth month, while some other areas are getting power supply.

After several complaints registered at the Ayedaade Ikire office if IBEDC, residents were told by the district manager that those enjoying power supply were using “Direct Light.” Already, the Association of Welders in Ikire has dragged IBEDC to court over the development.

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