Magboro residents lament outrageous bills
Residents of Magboro in Obafemi Owode Local government area of Ogun state are calling on the federal government to come to their aid over claims of outrageous bills and high-handedness on the part of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
They raised the alarm during a peaceful protest at the IBEDC office In Oke-Afa, Magboro.
Armed with placards of various inscriptions, the protesters walked through the streets, venting out alleged unscrupulous activities of the IBEDC.
The protesters, however, met a brick wall, as no official of the DISCO was on the ground to receive them, despite their claims of having informed the IBEDC, 48 hours before.
The residents say for months on end, they have been billed as much as eight thousand, compared to their counterparts, who pay much less. They also claim that their bills are not computer-generated.
According to them, having expended so much on cables, transformers and other equipment, which should have ordinarily been provided by IBEDC, they should enjoy some sort of moratorium.
Among other demands, they seek to enjoy 24-hour power supply and prepaid meters for all residents.
Responding through a statement, the regional communication officer, Ogun region, Ayodeji Bada says 24hours of electricity supply to all customers in the country cannot be achieved now because the present generation is not adequate for the nation.
Ayodeji Bada says the issue of cancellation of customers accumulated outstanding debts, cannot be done solely by IBEDC as the company is only a collection agent for a value chain comprising several stakeholders.