CDA, Ikeja Electric disagree over poor power supply
By Damilola Kushimo
Ikeja Electric (IE), an electricity distribution company, has disagreed with Harmony Community Development Association (CDA) over the claim that the community enjoy less electricity supply.
The CDA has claimed that the community is poorly supplied despite paying higher electricity bills, while also alleging that the waste management is ineffective in the community.
Speaking with Echonews correspondent, the CDA Chairman, Captain I. Akingboye (Rtd.), stated that the community has been enduring epileptic power supply same as poor service by the waste manager serving the community.
According to him, the community of about 20 major streets barely enjoys 30-minute power supply on daily basis, while they are been subjected to estimated billing system.
He stressed that he had, on several occasions, pacified the aggrieved residents and dissuaded them from disturbing the peace of the community by protesting against IE, assuring them of lasting solution by the Community Development Council (CDC) committee saddled with such responsibility.
“We’ve had to endure the little power supply we were given on daily basis and at the end of the month, outrageous bills are always in stock for us. As a member of the CDC, I raised the issue again recently, the committee on electricity assured us of positive response from the electricity supplier but, we are yet to see changes. We want prepaid meters and constant electricity supply in our area,” he emphasized.
Besides, Captain Akingboye stressed that the community has to patronize cart pushers as a credible means of disposing their wastes, saying that they could no longer endure the ineffectiveness of the waste manager to avoid outbreak of disease in the community.
He, however, called on the concerned waste manager and ministry of waste management at the Local Council Development Area to see into the problem of the community.
However, the Manager, IE Okota Undertaking Office, Engr. Paul Okeke, disputed the claim, saying electricity supply in Okota has been fair and that the company is doing more to ensure that the community enjoy more power supply.
“I can put it to you that the whole community has been enjoying power supply fairly. In fact, we devised means of notifying them if there’ll be any interruption in power supply or if a fault has developed somewhere. I have a WhatsApp group where we send out information to members of the community.
“We know it’s only prepaid meter that can solve the issue of estimated billings; by the second quarter of the year metering should began in the area,” he explained.