The Lalupon/Iwo Street Feeder Electrical energy Shoppers’ Affiliation, Ibadan has dragged Ibadan Electrical energy Distribution Firm (IBEDC) earlier than the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) over alleged erratic energy provide within the space for the previous eight years.
The Chairman of the affiliation, Rev. Jide Kehinde, whereas talking with newsmen on Saturday, lamented that the affected communities had been experiencing erratic energy provide within the final eight years with none concrete answer from IBEDC.
The Information Company of Nigeria (NAN) reviews that Kehinde spoke with newsmen on the finish of a gathering between the affiliation and the NERC, with representatives of IBEDC additionally in attendance.
The chairman accused IBEDC of being insensitive to the plight of the shoppers, saying that the epileptic energy provide had led to the closure of some industries within the affected communities.
In keeping with him, many artisans have additionally closed retailers because of the energy provide downside, including that it has additionally created severe safety challenges throughout the affected communities.
Kehinde stated that the affiliation had determined to deliver its complaints to NERC due to its perception in its means to deal with the issue.
“Our prayers earlier than NERC are that IBEDC ought to give us uninterrupted energy provide and reverse its outrageous billing system.
“Individuals are being billed for what they didn’t eat. IBEDC is utilizing Band A, which is N62.33okay, to invoice us as an alternative of Band E which is N24.97okay.
“Right now, the NERC group, led Mr Olayiwola Oyelade, has patiently listened to our prayers and seen that they’re real.
“It has, due to this fact, directed IBEDC to go and full the backup feeder from Iwo to have the ability to join us to Iwo transmission station.
“On the billing system, it has requested the corporate to reverse all of the accrued payments between now and the following three months.
“We have been requested to report again in March 2021 for an replace on the directive given to IBEDC,” he stated.
Kehinde stated that the affiliation had, due to this fact, resolved to be affected person until March 2021 to see the extent of compliance with the NERC’s directive by IBEDC.
Responding, Mrs Dupe Adesoga, the Monatan Enterprise Supervisor of IBEDC, denied the alleged insensitivity of the corporate to the plight of its clients.
Though Adesoga admitted the facility provide problem which the communities had been dealing with for a while, she, nonetheless, stated that the corporate had been attempting to deal with it.
She promised that efforts could be intensified by the corporate to make sure that the communities involved had secure provide of electrical energy.
NAN reviews that scores of residents of the affected communities thronged the venue of the assembly at Iyaganku quarters in Ibadan, carrying placards with numerous inscriptions, demanding for secure energy provide from IBEDC.