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25 days of darkness; Iwaya residents claim EKEDC deliberately punishing them

Weeks after InsideMainland reported the total blackout in Onike and Iwaya communities, Lagos Mainland, the neighbourhood is still in total darkness leaving the residents without electricity for more than twenty-five days.

Recall that InsideMainland reported how residents of the community expressed their dissatisfaction on the neglect by disco company, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) servicing the community.

At the time, the residents argued that they were thrown into total darkness for several days and rather than fix the problem, the disco company pushed outrageous bills to customers while disconnecting others.

Presently, residents of the community have been faced with the troubles associated with not having power supply for more than three weeks, InsideMainland can report.

Speaking on the development, a resident of the community told InsideMainland that residents have grown tired of the situation and currently hope for an immediate action by the disco company.

“Initially, we thought it was a minor fault that would be rectified in no time. It has however become shocking that more than three weeks after, nothing has been done and yet we are served outrageous bills by the company.

“I believe it is a deliberate neglect and abuse of authority because if they consider the plight of their customers, they would have attended to the situation immediately,” the resident stated.

In addition, some residents noted that some houses not having prepaid meters in the community has been a major problem and cause of worry for residents as the company adopt the estimated adding that the company was only set up to exploit residents.

At the earlier phase of the blackout, a resident of the axis, Manasseh Shitta while commenting on the development said; “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 also commented 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.”

Efforts to get the management of EKEDC for comments as at press time proved futile. Calls made to the marketing manager of the Yaba unit of the company were also not returned.

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