Events surrounding the lack of power supply in Ajegunle community, Lagos Mainland, took another turn recently when female residents of the community stormed the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) office to protest.
The women from nine communities across Ifelodun LCDA gathered under the aegis of Ojo Road Women Unite stormed the EKEDC office forcing a negotiation with Mr. Igbemudia Godwin, the General Manager of the disco company.
According to the women in a letter dated June 22nd, 2018, they sought that the billing methodology (arbitrary estimations) is one that they can no longer tolerate, having endured for so long. They also argued that an account name should be issued under the Army Signal Feeder with a prepaid meter to monitor electricity usage and billings for residents in the axis.
In addition, the women demanded that installation should commence not later than one month from the date of issuance of the letter and should be completed in another two (2) months.
They also argued that “bills issued within this period should not exceed N3,000/Meter/Month in regular ‘Face me I face you’ compounds and N500 for Flats within the Feeder among others.”
Addressing the women, Mr. Igbemudia Godwin, the General Manager of EKEDC Plc, assured them that their demand for a Prepaid Meter shall be met. He further invited the group for a meeting where the issues would be thoroughly discussed.
“I will require five (5) members of your group as representatives for a meeting with us Tuesday, next week,” he said.
The rampaging group also stormed the Ajegunle branch of the office barricading the premises in a bid to press home their demands.
A coordinator of the group, Grace Nkwocha, said: “PHCN management must improve in their service, and we will continue this struggle until our demand of a prepaid meter is adhered to.”