Residents of Oloye Community in Erunwen Estate area of Ikorodu community recently stormed the Ikorodu office of Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC) Alogba Estate, Ikorodu, to protest almost one week of power outage in the and service of crazy bill to IKEDC customers in the community.
The early Monday morning protesters got to the Alogba Estate office of IKEDC chanting different protest songs, while others displayed placards carrying various messages like ‘All we ask for, give us pre-paid meter; Ikeja Disco Fear God. Other messages displayed were, ‘We say no to illogical and unreasonable crazy bill and Ikeja Disco, Meter our Community or go away with your light. We are fed up with estimated billing system.
The protesters disturbed activities at the IKEDC office and created nuisance at the Alogba Estate Zone B gate, prompting the IKEDC management to invite the police to the scene. The police were however professional in the discharge of their duties on seeing that the protest was a peaceful one.
One of the protesters, Ishola Ashafa Eyitayo who volunteered to speak to Ikorodu Oga Radio gave reasons for the protest, ‘we are here to express our grievances to the IKEDC management on the bad treatment being meted to our people at Oloye community, Erunwen. For instance, last month April, we did not have light for almost two weeks, when they brought bill for the month, it was higher than the previous month when there was light’ he said.
Another resident who pleaded anonymity disclosed that he has paid a total of N460,000.00 as electricity bill in the last five years, wondering how he could be thrown into darkness with such huge payment to the electricity company.
As at the time of compiling this report, it is unclear how the protesters and Management of IKEDC Ikorodu office resolved the matter, but representatives of the community were in a meeting with the officials of IKEDC when our reporter left the scene.