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Surulere Residents Petition EKEDC Over Epileptic Power Supply, Estimated Billing

INSIDEMAINLAND-The residents of Surulere community, Lagos Mainland, have bemoaned the poor power supply to the community by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) and the continuous estimated billing served monthly by the power distribution company to the neighbourhood.

Most of the residents complained of having to run on generators due to the epileptic power supply and that they spend at least N45,000 on fuel each month added to the huge amount of estimated bills for electricity supplied monthly by EKEDC staff.

The residents also stressed the refusal of the EKEDC to release prepaid meters to houses in the neighbourhood as it is seen as a means to continuously extort money through monthly estimated bills.

InsideMainland gathered that the residents through the CDA group have held previous meetings to discuss the state of electricity in the community with the management of EKEDC. The meetings, however, are yet to yield the desired result as the agreed changes weren’t implemented with some parts of Surulere remain in darkness while a few others enjoy poor power supply.

In addition, we gathered the follow-up requests by the CDA group yielded no response and various emails sent to the management of EKEDC bounced.

Speaking on the current power issues in the area, a resident said; “The majority of the areas affected include Tejuosho, Ojuelegba, Ishaga, Ogunlana and Randle areas in Surulere. Those in Falolu experienced outages for 2 days at a stretch while some areas have more electricity than the others,” the resident said.

Another resident stated that in Randle, the “area only enjoy a minimum of 3 hours of electricity per day while others living in Adelabu and Nathan enjoy up to 24 hours of electricity daily.” 

To seek a lasting solution to the current power issues in the community, residents of the community have opened a petition currently signed by more than 1,000 people to force EKEDC to attend to their needs.

Commenting on the development, a resident who preferred anonymity said they are committed to getting 5,000 signatures as they believe this would force the management of EKEDC to listen to their pleas on the continuous estimated billing and epileptic power supply. 

The online petition – https://chng.it/7PkSXxrx  – by residents of the community is the first phase of the plan aimed at restoring sustainable electricity to Surulere.

The second leg of the petitions we learnt is a physical copy which will be sent to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Surelere Local Government Chairman, the Federal lawmaker representing Surulere Constituency I, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the lawmaker of the Surulere Constituency in the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Desmond Elliot, as well as the Minister of Power, Hon. Muazu Sambo, among other stakeholders. 

Furthermore, InsideMainland learnt if EKEDC fails to yield to their demands after the petitions, the residents will take to the streets to protest the situation till their voices are heard.

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