EKEDC can’t seem to catch a break. Fresh off our recent expose on the DisCo from both the industry and consumer standpoint, the DisCo is once again embroiled in another customer related issue.
Residents of Ijegun-Imore community in Satellite Town, Lagos State on Monday protested four months of power outage in the area by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC). Hundreds of placard-carrying protesters from David West New Site Estate blocked their major road, preventing motorists from passing through the area. Osuchukwu Sam-Bell, Chairman, Landlords/Residents Association, said the community had been in darkness since August due to a transformer fault.
“We want our transformer repaired and restored, we need prepaid meters; EKEDC should come and install our new 500kva transformer now,’’ he said.
Added to this comments Mr Zubby Anazodo, also a resident made the following remark
“Artisans are out of business, people selling frozen foods have closed their shops, it is no longer business as usual in the community again. “Our children are suffering, you see them with heat rashes and even our wives cannot preserve foods inside refrigerators any longer. “We can’t sleep in our houses comfortably with the noise of generating sets and harsh weather. It is unfortunate that we are going through this while our neighbouring communities are enjoying uninterrupted power supply, this is injustice,’’ he said.
EKEDC has responded via it’s spokesperson, Mr Ademola Adegoke, who said the company had replaced the transformer servicing the community twice but packed up on both occasions.
“This was caused by the power load in the community which far outstrip the capacity of the transformer.
“The only way to save the transformer from breakdown is to rotate power supply but the community will not allow our men to do this as our men were always harassed and chased out each time they went there for load shedding,’’ he said. “We pleaded that we should be given some time so we can include the cost of installation in our budget but the community is insisting on the immediate installation of the transformer.
“We even proposed to use the transformer donated to by the state government to replace the damaged one pending when we will get materials to install the damaged one.
“The community yet again rejected this move and insisted that we must replace the damaged one and as well install the one donated in a fresh location,’’ he said.
Adegoke said that EKDC was prioritising their matter and assured that electricity would be restored in the area before the Christmas holidays.
Last year we had various communities under the franchise areas of IBEDC and BEDC come out complaining of lengthy power outages. We never thought we’d experience something similar in Lagos. At least, in this case, EKEDC seems to be on top of the situation.