Power distribution company, Ikeja Electric has taken a new approach to collection of electricity bills in Ikorodu and one can’t but wonder why it has led to this.
Information reaching InsideMainland has it that the power company has began a new approach to revenue collection by adopting collective punishment tactics by disconnecting an entire community because some residents defaulted on their payment.
According to reports, Ikeja Electric Plc decided on the approach after some of their customers in the Ikorodu end of Lagos Mainland have refused to pay their bills.
Residents of some parts of Itamaga community and environs in Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland were thrown into a month-long period of darkness when the transformer in their area was disconnected by Ikeja Electricity officials, Independent reported.
In addition, residents of Agbele community, Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland faced a similar fate after their transformer was disconnected for more than a week until the residents reached a settlement with the electricity company.
Similarly, about a week ago, residents of Itamope had to go and settle the company officials to prevent their transformer from being disconnected, Independent reports.
Also, residents of Ojugbo community are presently in darkness for about two weeks as a result of the new approach by the power company.
Recall that InsideMainland earlier reported that residents across Anibaba, Solafun, Omini, Owutu, Agbede and Agric areas of Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland have all suffered similar fates at different times in the last few weeks.
Speaking on the developments, the Head of Corporate Communications of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company, Mr. Felix Ofulue said the residents were disconnected because they failed to pay their bills, but he did not explain why those who had paid their bills were also disconnected.
“Customers who do not pay their bills get disconnected; that is the trend everywhere,” he said, and added, “If the transformer is faulty and the community is owing, it may be difficult to attend to their request, because you have to give priority to those who are paying,” he said.
Pressed further to comment on why the officials embarked on the unwholesome practise of disconnecting the transformer, Ofulue said, “There are several reasons, but the most common is if the community prevents Ikeja Electricity staff from coming into their community to disconnect individuals, or if they attack Ikeja Electricity staff who have come to disconnect them.”