Iko­rodu com­mu­nity protests against power out­age

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - By Glo­ria Okoli

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.

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