Following the six days black out in Onike-Iwaya axis of Lagos Mainland, residents of the community have aired their dissatisfaction on the neglect by disco company, Eko Electricity Distribution Company and the lack of power supply in the community.
According to the residents, some parts of the community have been without power for several days and rather than fix the problem, the disco company pushed outrageous bills to customers while disconnecting others.
The residents also argued that not metering houses in the community has been a major problem and cause of worry for residents adding that the company was only set up to exploit residents.
According to Manasseh Shitta; “Not providing agreed form of billing is the major problem. If customers said they want their consumption to be metered then meter them as responsible business entity else am afraid the resistance would persist and you may keep loosing money.”
Another resident, Abiola Akanki stated that; “We can no longer tolerate the high estimated billing. The marketer attached to Onike is the worst marketer posted so far in the last 10 years. He is very rude and unappealing. After he disconnected my line, he still brought N25,000 the following month with impunity. Give us prepaid meters”
Meanwhile, reacting to the blackout in the axis, the disco company said it was as a result of interruptions caused by residents. “This is to inform our esteemed customers in the Onike-Iwaya area that the blackout experienced over the last one week, has been due to interruptions in our duties by residents of the communities themselves.
“EKEDC maintenance crews responding to faults within these areas were attacked by residents who removed the ladders and refused to allow repair work progress,” the company said in a statement.
The company stated further that; “All efforts to reach an amicable resolution to this issue has proved abortive as the communities concerned are unwilling to engage in dialogue.
“All the relevant authorities have been notified and we will continue to proffer solutions and encourage residents of the community to shun violence and allow EKEDC staff carryout their lawful duties and restore supply. We apologize for the inconvenience.”