The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has released a statement debunking claims that the company is involved in the act of wiping-off customers debts when a fraction of the debt is paid. This statement was made in response to initial allegations against the company.
The statement read thus;
“In response to the letter written by Giftson Imasilue of Ige Road, Ogijo, Ogun State in the punch Newspaper, 16th February 2018 about IBEDC staff charging customers N3,000 for a wipe-off of outstanding debts, we would like to state that this is a case of misinformation as no staff of IBEDC is authorized to do so.
To provide context, it should be noted that Alago/Aige community in Ogijo has been having a series of engagements with the company in order to bring a solution to their persistent power supply issues. These meetings came to fruition in December 2017 when a brand new transformer was procured and installed for the community. Before the installation of the new transformer, the people of the town had accrued a lot of debts and as such, many of them had had their accounts deactivated due to their non-performing debts.
With the installation of the new transformer, the community leaders agreed with IBEDC that they will settle their debts so as to facilitate more infrastructural investment in the community. To make this debt-settling exercise easy for our customers, IBEDC decided they only had to pay a minimum of N3,000 to have their accounts reactivated and to enjoy power supply. Failure to do so however, will result in customer being disconnected until they are able to pay and reactivate their accounts.
The aforementioned letter is therefore a case of misunderstanding as no staff is authorized to clear outstanding debts after a payment of N3,000. IBEDC however reserves the right according to regulation, to disconnect customers that are not paying bills.”