Hundreds of residents of Apete, Ajibode, Awotan, Araromi, Arola and different communities in Ido authorities space of city, Oyo State, on Wednesday, took the streets to protest what they termed “erratic provide of electricity” in their varied communities.
The protesters, UN agency staged the peaceful protest to register their grievances, aforementioned that they weren’t pleased with the long hours of darkness occasioned by poor electricity provide and outrageous bill by the city Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
Some of the representatives of the communities together with Awotan, Adaba, Alakuta, Oloya Ajibode, Fanawole, Ariyibi Alapata, Akere, Yidi, dad Olorunsogo, Araromi, Adeosun, Akufo, Waja, Jeje, Onigbodogi, Aiyegun Osaji and Idi Oro among others, were a part of the protest, that culminated at Awotan junction.
The protesters, who were armed with placards bearing totally different inscriptions, that expressed their thoughts on the irregular provide of power to their areas, suspect management of the electricity firm of disabling their businesses and subjecting them to attacks by hoodlums, significantly within the night.
Speaking to journalists, President of Awotan Community landholder Association, Engineer Rasaq Fabayo, aforementioned that it’s unhappy that over fifty communities are subjected to long hours of darkness by the IBDEC.
He said, “They don’t provide U.S. light-weight within the day and at midnight after they provide U.S., it’s simply a pair of hours now and then but half-hour and at the top of the month, they bring about crazy bill.
“Because of this most of the artisans particularly those that cannot afford to shop for generators have withdrawn of the community, the impact on the economic state of affairs is negative thanks to the electricity state of affairs.
“We have written many letters to the management of the IBEDC, and National Electricity regulative Company NERC, they’re nevertheless to reply U.S., this protest could be a reasonably warning protest to sensitize them on the plight of the residents of communities in Apete.
“The feeder that provided the world isn’t enough and also the solely resolution to the matter is to induce additional feeders which will be enough to serve the transformers in Apete”.
Also another resident, Mr. Umar Abiodun, whereas speaking, said, “We are on this for several years and rather than participating in continuous war that yields no positive results, the IBEDC ought to stop their operations in Apete and its environment, allow them to stop their provides and stop generation of cash from these areas, we tend to don’t need to fight them, they ought to stop cheating U.S..”
IBEDC Regional Communication Manager, Oyo Region, Mr. Frank Williams, whereas reacting, however, aforementioned that the affected communities ought to choose few representatives to fulfill the firm management so as to resolve the problems.
Williams, who spoke during a conversation with BEEPAYS aforementioned, “There isn’t any want for them to protest. they ought to choose six of their leaders.
“We ar reaching to cross-check that, but, i have to tell you that rather than protestant, they ought to send a delegation to fulfill the management. allow them to seat down with the management and notice how round the physical object. Power provide could be a massive issue.”