The firm has also restored electricity to the residents, who were hitherto accused of tampering with their metres.
This came as a result of a story publised by Daily Sun, on Thursday, August 11, on the residents’ ordeal after they were illegally deprived of electricity since April, 2015 and left in the darkness for months.
The occupants expressed gratitude to The Sun Publishing Limited for making their plight known to the public and EKEDC’s top officials. In the publication, occupants of the house had reported the matter to the Okoko Police Station and also threatened to sue EKEDC for allegedly extorting money from them.
The Business Manager of Ojo District, Mr. Gabriel Eze’s attention was drawn to the issue and he immediately waded into it. The residents, who were angered by the firms’s action, were said to have let the sleeping dogs lie.
One of the affected residents, Mr. Daniel Chukwudi, said Mr. Eze was not aware of the matter, but after the publication, he summoned both parties for a meeting in order to investigate the crisis and urgently resolve it amicably.
“After your publication, we were invited to a meeting at EKEDC’s office, Iba new site. The meeting was attended by Mr. Eze, EKEDC’s Public Relation Officer, Mrs. Ozo Nwozo, and other officials, as well as residents of the disconnected house.
“Eze said nobody reported the case to him. But we told him that we complained to the former business manager. He assured us that he would not support any form of exploitation of customers and that he was there to ensure customers’ satisfaction.”
According to Chukwudi, Eze said the last man that disconnected the electricity misunderstood how different metres in the house were connected and how they worked, adding that the monitoring team was from the supervisory unit.
Chukwudi said: “After his investigation, he discovered that the man that disconnected it was not aware that the issue had been treated by Mr. Olaniyan when he was the marketing manager at Ajangbadi. Mr. Eze immediately ordered his workers to reconnect the electricity.”