Community Laments over Perceived Injustice from IBEDC

Residents within the Kajola Community of Onihale in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun have lamented the epileptic power supply and high tarriff perceived to be a sort of punishment by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC). They claim that other communities like Onihale and Ogungbade were enjoying steady power supply but that it was not so in their own community.

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They also said that the IBEDC had since been bringing high tariffs to the community for the power they did not use and as they have refused to pay, the company usually disconnects their wires from the electricity poles. The residents, therefore, are appealing to the state government to help them to look into the matter as the electrification project which cost over N7millin, was bankrolled by the community.

A landlord in the community, Mr Adisa Akande, said that thepoor power supply to the community was worrisome, as several efforts to make the IBEDC Unit at Iyana Ilogbo to redress the situation have prove abortive.

“We do not have power supply more than three-times in a month, so how do we explain this when other communities around us have steady power supply?,’’ he lamented.

“We are not enjoying power, yet they bring over N3,000 as bills, every month. This is unfair to us in this community,’’ she said.

Commenting on the poor power supply, a local chieftain within the community, Mr Ishola Kolawole, said that the community jointly bankrolled the electrification project which cost over N7million, when it was inaugurated in 2015 but wondered why the IBEDC has opted to give the community epileptic power supply. He appealed to the state government to step into the matter as all efforts to address the issue with the Iyana Ilogbo IBEDC Unit in charge of the area have proved abortive.


Isaac Ademoluti

A Geophysicist, graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). Worked at Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), 132/33 KV Apo- Substation. Interested in the Power sector, football and loves writing.

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