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Oshodi residents bemoan blackout, urge reversal of bills

By Kehinde Olatunji
15 August 2022   |   2:48 am
A group, under the aegis of Concerned Residents of Oshodi-Isolo Council Area (CROICA), has lamented what it described as unfair and unstable electricity supply by Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).

Commercial buses picking passengers at the U-turn before Bolade Bus Stop in Oshodi, Lagos. PHOTO: GBENGA SALAU

A group, under the aegis of Concerned Residents of Oshodi-Isolo Council Area (CROICA), has lamented what it described as unfair and unstable electricity supply by Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).

  
The concerned residents of Oshodi Isolo Local Government Constituency 1, comprising Oshodi, Alasia, Shogunle, Mafoluku and Ewutuntun communities, stated that they have been in blackout since August 5, 2022.
   
The blackout, according to them, occurred due to a power surge and fire outbreak that occurred in the sub-station within Oshodi-Isolo Local Council secretariat.
  
According to a statement signed by the convener of the group, Comrade Ayinde Olawale, the faulty substation transformer is yet to be fixed and has caused the affected communities to be in blackout.
   
He said: “In those three weeks of total black out, the IKEDC kept bringing bills to our communities without supply of light. How can we be paying for darkness?
  
“Electricity distribution companies must stop the mass exploitation of residents. We demand that the bills imposed on Oshodi-Isolo residents in the affected areas be cancelled immediately.
 
“We will take legal and civil actions on this. IKEDC must not just be experts in billing the people while they do less in the constant and proper supply of electricity.
 
“Enough of putting our communities in darkness. People depend on electricity to sustain their businesses and livelihoods, especially as petrol is costly and scarce.
 
“Residents should pay for only electricity consumed. The billing of residents while there is no light is an obvious injustice that must stop!
  
“We demand restoration of electricity in Oshodi, Ladipo, Shogunle and Mafoluku. The days of organised exploitation and inefficiencies must come to an end.”

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