Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Protest in Osun community over one year power outage

Residents of Grammar School area of Ipetu Ijesa on Friday trooped out to protest against prolonged power outage.

The residents, who were holding placards with various inscriptions depicting their suffering of over 16 months, said they had been forgotten.

Narrating their ordeal, some of the youths said many businesses in the area were forced to close down because of lack of electricity supply.

One of the leaders in the affected area, Agboola Ayoodeji, said the problem posed to the residents of the area had become unbearable hence their resort to public protest to register their anger.

Ayodeji said, “The transformer supplying electricity to the entire area packed up precisely in August 2013 and nothing was done about it by the then Power Holding Company of Nigeria before the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company took over."

“The situation remained the same until August 2014 when the Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria, Ipetu-Ijesa branch stepped in after a concerned citizen of the town had donated money for the repair of the transformer and the IBEDC released cables which were stolen 12 days after."

“The area is where most of the senior officers of Nigeria Air Force School of Safety, Ipetu-Ijesa reside. It also has the General Hospital of the town, a big private hospital, four-star hotels, two foremost secondary schools.”

However, the Osun Zonal Communication Officer, IBEDC, Kikelomo Owoeye, when contacted said the company was already working on delivering a new transformer to the affected area before the protest.

He urged residents of the area to be patient with the company saying all problems confronting them would be resolved speedily.

Owoeye said, “The business hub has been working on the process of replacing the bad transformer which might be delivered to the area before Christmas celebration."

“Efforts were already in top gear for replacement of the transformer before a group of protesters stormed the service centre and locked the place up."

“It took the intervention of both Divisional Police Officer and the monarch of Ipetu- Ijesa before normalcy was restored and leader of the protesters apologised on behalf of himself and his colleagues.”