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Here is why residents of Mushin Community are crying

Following the continuous black in Masewele Community in Mushin, Lagos Mainland, residents of the community has decried the power situation in the area.

According to the affected residents who aired their displeasure on the situation, areas such as Major Street, Labinjo Street, Oduntan Street, Odesanya Street, Adeyanju Street, Alamutu Market, Wilkey Street, Shoremekun Street, Martins Street and Erikitoka Street has been in complete darkness for the past two weeks.

Speaking on the situation, Mr Bamgbose Oladele, the Chairman, Electricity Committee, Masewele Community Development Association, said that the outage was as a result of the disconnection of electricity supply to the area by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) from the transformer.

“This has put the entire community in total darkness in the last 16 days,” Oladele said.

He added that: “We have been paying our monthly electricity bills to EKEDC until 2015 when the transformer supplying our community became faulty.  In spite of the fact that we were in darkness for over one year, EKEDC was still billing us monthly.

“Eventually, when the transformer was repaired, we held meetings with EKEDC officials to reduce or nullify the bills given to us during the period of outage. Instead of reducing the bills, EKEDC started giving the consumers in the community outrageous bills.”

Commenting on the efforts by the community leaders to address the situation, Oladele said “all appeals made by our leaders in the community and other stakeholders to EKEDC to stop circulating outrageous electricity bills on monthly basis have not yielded positive results.  The electricity bills for September, October and November recently circulated to us worsen the situation.”

He further stated that the residents were given bills of an average of N20, 000 and N25, 000 monthly as their electricity consumption adding that the residents had written many letters to the EKEDC management to resolve the issue.



Idris Aina
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