Ekiti monarch leads protest against power outage

Posted: June 10, 2015 in NaijaSpecial

It has been gathered that the traditional ruler of Iyin Ekiti community in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government, Oluyin of Iyin, Oba Ademola Ajakaye, of
Area of Ekiti State led the protest against power cut by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.

Oba Ademola cried out that the community has been thrown into darkness since May 21 which led to the downfall of social and economic activities in the community. He tenaciously demanded for an immediate restoration of power supply, repair of non-functioning  transformers, investigation into persistent tampering with transformers and availability of pre-paid meters.

He said efforts by the community to save the situation had been
frustrated with the nonchalant attitude of the BEDC officials in report to Governor Fayose to intervene in the matter.

Oba Ajakaye disclosed that the community had spent N477,000 to repair a transformer located along Igede Road, which would now require another N400,000 to fix it again.
He also claimed another transformer located on Ilawe Road had also been destroyed and would need N850,000 to reactivate it.

Oba Ajakaye said to the surprise of the community that BEDC officials hit the town on May 21 to commence a mass disconnection when residents thought that they had come to proffer solution to the problem.

He said, “In its punitive measures, at least, so it appeared, BEDC thereafter disconnected the whole community, throwing the town into total blackout since May 21.
“We have never been humiliated like this; all efforts made to make the company change its mind and see reasons why its action was wearisome and capable of aggravating the bad situation proved abortive.
“We don’t want to be provoked to the extent of joining the league of towns that had their youths drawing daggers with the companies in the state.”


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