Residents of Abuja, Abule Alfa, Foursquare and several others in the Igbo – Olomu axis of Ikorodu community have decried the continuous lack of power supply in the area.
The grouse of these residents is the total blackout by power distribution network that service the area, Ikeja Electric.
InsideMainland learnt that the area have lacked power supply since Tuesday, March 21, 2017, two weeks after Ikeja Electric commenced the maintenance by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on two of its transformers at Ikeja West TS.
Although the area was not included in the affected areas during the maintenance work, a resident, Debo Odunlami, who spoke to InsideMainland said the area has been in total blackout for twenty one days with the Ikeja Electric yet to give any reason for the lack of power supply.
In his words, “we were informed of the planned maintenance work in March 2017. During that period, we have power occasionally and we concluded it was due to the ongoing maintenance by Ikeja Electric. Things became worse three weeks ago when they failed to restore power and we have been in total blackout since then. We can’t continue to be in this state because and something has to be done.”
Another resident who identified herself as Mrs. Salami said the residents had complained to the community leaders who urged them to remain calm. “We earlier planned to stage a protest to the Ikorodu station of Ikeja Electric but we were asked to remain calm by the leaders. How on earth can they decide not to restore power for three weeks yet no one is saying anything.”
Meanwhile, a member of the CDA group, Akinpelu Benson said “we have made plans to write to Ikeja Electric to find out the true situation of things. We will act based on the feedback we get from them.”
You would recall that Ikeja Electric earlier a 30 Day blackout with residents expected to experience power outage from March 6, 2017 to April 4, 2017.
The affected areas include –Agege, Egbeda, Ayetoro, Abule-Taylor, Ipaja, Ogba, Ifako, Shomolu, Gbagada, Oworonshoki, Ogudu, Isheri-Olowora, Berger, Anthony, and Otta.