Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
Customers of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Ede, Osun state have vowed not to pay any electricity bill following the continuous blackout in the town. The consumers who were students, traders, market women and motorcyclists popularly called “Okada riders”, on Tuesday staged a protest calling on the management of IBEDC to as a matter of urgency address the issue.
The protesters, who walked from Eelerin junction in Ede to the IBEDC business office in OkeGada were armed with placards of various inscription such as: “IBEDC, Ede is not a village,” “we are tired of darkness”, “stop extorting from the community without given us light,” “to whom much is given, much is expected, among others.
The protesters led by the president, Federation of Ede Student Union, FESU, Comrade Sulaiman Sodiq, stated that residents of Laoye, Olobe Anu, Ayope, Aagberi, Oniso, Sagba and Anjorin communities, have been in darkness for almost three months and despite all complaints to the IBEDC, the company have been unconcerned with their plight. Sodiq decried a situation where the community will buy transformer and still denied the access to the light.
His words: “It is going to two and half months that we have last used electricity in these communities. We have visited Ede District Business Unit several times and none of the staff is helping us out in our plight. “Some of the artisans have lost so many contracts as a result of the outage.
It is the consensus of all the residents, artisans, traders of the eight communities that the damaged transformer be replaced with another one of a similar capacity, and the IBEDC should stop asking money for maintenance of the step down transformers from the communities in Ede at large.” He also alleged that residents of Oke-Anu, Siyan Oyeweso Street, Oke Yidi, Akewula, Odo-Eja, Ogberin had contributed N500,000 to buy another transformer but have not receive it saying “extortion from the community has been the frequent atrocities of IBEDC”.