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Community seeks dialogue with Ikeja Electric over epileptic power supply

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By Edith Igbokwe

The Oshodi-Afariogun Community which comprises six Community Development Associations (CDAs) has requested for one on one dialogue with the Ikeja Electric (IE) to resolve the power supply challenges in the community.

It was said that the issue started in 2005 when the community was billed to leverage on Eko Electricity Distribution Company’s (EKEDC’s) supply as borrow feeders.

The residents complained that despite epileptic power supply, some customers at Adelaja Street have been disconnected as their wires were removed from electricity supply for the past one year yet bills were issued to them without using electricity.
They also complained about N3.5million bills they were asked to pay to get the transformer at Owoseni/Orile Oshodi Junction restored, adding that seven out of 11 transformers in the community were yet to be upgraded out of epileptic power supply line.

Making the complaints, the Community Chairman, Mr. Kazeem Fawole said he had met with the Managing Director of Okota Division Ikeja Electric, Mr. Taofik and Oshodi Undertaking Manager, Mr. Adebayo Adesiyan several times on the issues without any positive result.

He furthered said: “As a mature community, we refuse to bear the bad names by being patient yet, they play pranks on us and see us as jokesr. I can no longer pacify the community to continue to be patient, now the community is demanding a round table meeting with the distribution company agents.”

Meanwhile, Echonees learnt that the Ikeja Electric has refused to send its representatives to the meeting for the fear of being maimed by the angry residents, saying it could only accept to attend the meeting if their safety would be guaranteed by the community leaders.

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