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‘We are no longer Paying Electricity Bills’, Vow Akoka-Yaba Residents

The Residents of Akoka Community in Lagos State vowed they will no longer pay electricity bills to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company until the power situation in the community improves.

This resolution was reached at a Community Development Association meeting on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Part of the activities of the meeting was also a ground breaking of the Akoka Community Center ─ a self-help project by the community ─ which was performed by the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Ade Ipaye.

Ipaye, a resident of the community, is also the chairman of the project committee. Lamenting the power situation in the community, the residents complained that EKEDC had been taking Akoka residents for granted.

They said electricity supply for the past few months had not been up to an hour a day and less than 11 days in a month. A resident in the community, Mr. Adeniyi Adekoya, advised that the community should mandate the power firm to distribute prepaid meters to the lodgers to curb overestimated billing.

“Prepaid meters will definitely eliminate crazy electricity bills. If I don’t have power, I should not also worry about payment,” he said.

Seyi Oshinowo, who said he spends over N30,000 on fuelling his generators every month, lamented that generator, which was supposed to be an alternative source of power supply, was now his main source of electricity supply.

Vice Chairman of the CDA, identified simply as Adesanya, who presided over the meeting, urged the community to exercise caution in addressing the power situation in the community.

He said, “Power problem is a national issue. The power firm may not readily have answers to the issues on ground. Let us air our grievance within the ambit of the law.

“Those who have embarked on demonstrations and protests in the past have not achieved anything.” The community subsequently resolved that they would thenceforth stop the payment of electricity bills until power supply improved. A committee was set up to take the resolution to the power firm.

Speaking on the Akoka Community Center project, Ipaye explained that the center would afford residents the opportunity to meet and fraternise during their spare time.

Source: The Punch Newspapers

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