Ikorodu community protests against power outage
RESIDENTS of Imowokekere community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State have embarked on a peaceful protest to the Ikeja Electric head-office in Ikeja, over the shutting down of their power substation since the first week of October this year.
Carrying placards and banners conveying their grievances and demands, representatives of the community complained bitterly against the alleged neglect of their community. Secretary of the community association, Mr. Bolaji Balogun, said in the bid to get regular power, the community bought a 500KVA transformer, feeder pillars, low and high tension poles e.t.c, but have waited endlessly for IE officials to energise the equipment.
“Our demands are that the substation that was shut down should be energized, the 33/500KVA transformer that was donated should be installation and to avoid loss of revenue, prepaid meters should be installed in the community while the hostile IE Ijede undertaking customers/business relationship should redressed.
Reacting to the protesters, manager, External Communication and Media Relations for IE, Mr. Akinola Ayeni, said improved electricity might take some time due to many other complaints they have been receiving from different communities, but that they would be attended to.
On his part, the Business Manager of Ikorodu, Engineer Okoye, promised to restore electricity on the condition that residents would pay their currents bills and 20 per cent of their outstanding bills. The residents agreed to pay only their current bills and pleaded for their outstanding bills to be reduced to 10 per cent.
Theguardian however gathered that since last Thursday when the protest was held, the community is still in darkness as none of the agreement have been met.