Energy

Until we have light, there will not be peace – Ota residents

Electricity

By Ayobami Adedinni

Residents in Ota under the aegis of Balance Measure Initiative (BMI) have said there will not be peace until power is supplied to the area as at when due.

Speaking recently with Nigerian NewsDirect, the coordinator, Mr. Dayo Komolafe said, “We have sat down for too long but it is high time we started doing something. We are not going to take law into our hands but we know what to do within the law to make sure we salvage the situation. Until we have light, there will not be peace.

According to him, the challenge the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) are having is that the supply they receive has dropped.

However, he said this should not be an excuse for the residents not to have light.

In his words, “There are no supplies in that axis which you because your supply has already dropped. The problem is that we know what to do but are not ready to do it. But I want to tell you that the zonal chairman of Ado Odo Ota has taken the bull by the horn in giving a letter which they are now working on. It is not only in Ota but also Ijebu and other places.

“We are all praying for power supply to be improved because we know what it entails but IBEDC will not spend kobo on improving the standard of electricity as per the area their services cover. A lot has been said before now about increase in power. Before, they would say because tariff was low, but now that tariff has been increased yet there is no improvement in services.

“We met some of their managers in recent times. It is becoming a hopeless situation but if I am to be in charge of electricity in Ogun state particularly in Joju unit. All what I will do is join the people with other areas that are having light. We don’t do things the same way and we are expecting a different result.

Recall, that the company in a rejoinder  had  stated that as a customer friendly DISCO,  it is known to be proactive on community engagements, which has  enhance seamless operation despite challenges in most coverage areas, including Ijako/Ishaka in Ado Odo/Ota local government.

Despite these efforts, the company lamented that it is impossible to completely prevent incidents such as the reported protest considering the volatile nature of the power industry in Nigeria. “Therefore, when such an occurrence arises, we seek to quickly address it by treating it as an emergency,” the statement added.

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