Ogun residents, Ikeja Electric trade words over ‘unjust’ billing
Residents of Enilolobo in Ifo, Ogun State, have lamented what they termed maltreatment by Ikeja Electric, Abule-Egba Business Unit. The residents said that they had been in a long-drawn battle with the electricity distribution company over the latter’s refusal to reconnect them to the national grid after disconnecting them for three months from June to August this year without notice.
“When power was restored to the community in September, Ikeja Electric had reportedly promised that it would not bill them for the months they had no electricity.
“But to our dismay, when they sent us the September bill, not only did they add the months they disconnected us, but they also inflated the bills,” youth chairman of the area, Ismail Balogun, said.
Meanwhile, the Business Manager, Abule-Egba Unit, Oloyede Adelakun, in his reaction, said that the community had refused to pay their bills, hence the order that they be disconnected from the national grid.“About four months ago, I had a meeting with them and they made some requests that I had to carry out some repairs on their network before they could make payments. Right there in their presence, I deployed about 400mm of aluminum conductors to make the necessary repairs and asked them to restore the supply.
“For about one or two months, my undertaking manager there called me and said each time they go for cash drive in the area, the community always sent them away.“They asked us to provide accessories for the transformer a member provided. I told them that the accessories they asked us were more expensive than the transformer,” Adelakun said.
The community refuted the allegations by Adelakun, saying that the community provided all the accessories required to power the new transformer.It, therefore, threatened legal action against Ikeja Electric and NERC and gave them 14-day ultimatum to respond to the community’s request. Counsel to the community, Alexander Sebastian, said that not only had Ikeja Electric flouted regulations by NERC but also colluded with them to frustrate their clients.
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