IBEDC Blames Ooni Layout Fire Incident Caused By Unreported Faulty Lines

By Sodiq Lawal

The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has blamed recent fire incident in Ooni Layout, Ile Ife, Osun State on fault on lines in the area that was not reported to the officials of the company by the residents.

It would be recalled that recently, more than six prepaid meters and some electrical appliances belonging to some customers residing in Ooni Layout, Ibadan road, Ile Ife got burnt.

The management of IBEDC, in a statement signed by the company’s Osun Regional Communication and Branding Officer, Kike Owoye, explained that the fire incident would have been prevented, if fault noticed on the lines in the area by the residents had been reported.

The statement added that as soon as the company was informed of the incident, IBEDC technical team covering the area immediately swung into action, cleared the fault and restored power to the community.

The statement reads, “We sincerely empathize with our esteemed customers at Ooni layout in Ile-ife on the recent electrical incidence, whilst urging customers to support her efforts on safety and improved power supply by reporting any electrical faults detected on lines, transformers and other installations before such cause electrical accidents.

“The damage was due to an earlier incidence which was not detected. The regional IBEDC management has been engaging some of the Community heads and also held a community engagement meeting with them to ensure that those customers, whose meters or electronics were damaged got replacement.

“As a customer friendly company, IBEDC advises customers to adhere to the rules of right of way, they should not trade or build under power lines. Traders should also desist from displaying their wares around the transformers and refrain from keeping their goods inside the substation.

“Customers are to ensure use of quality electrical materials that meet safety standard, when constructing their buildings and during house wiring. Customers are also urged that whenever they are leaving their homes, shops and offices, they should ensure that they remove unneeded plugs from their sockets, switch off the lights and all possible appliances.”

“Noting that IBEDC have various complaint channels that our customers can explore, the company urged customers to report anyone suspected to be engaging in energy theft, illegal connection, bypassing, illegal tampering and vandalism to the law enforcement agents and IBEDC officials.

“Such act is tantamount to economic sabotage and could lead to electrocution, electrical accidents, surge, fire outbreak, estimated billing, exorbitant billing, social vices, restiveness and total blackout in the society,” Owoeye concluded.

IBEDC, EKEDC Decry Attacks on Workers

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc, IBEDC, and Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, have condemned assaults by electricity consumers on their workers while carrying out their lawful duties.

The IBEDC in a statement, said that its workers were recently attacked by a customer at Olukotun Area, Idi-Orogbo, Yawiri area in Ibadan, Oyo State.

It said the customer’s premises had earlier been disconnected in line with the regulation by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission for bypassing his prepaid meter and using electricity without paying.

The company accused the customer of “reconnecting his power supply without recourse to the IBEDC.”

It said, “On discovery of this illegality by an IBEDC staff member, the attempt to disconnect the customer was unsuccessful, as the customer became violent, attacking the IBEDC staff member who was still on the ladder, and pulled him down forcibly.”

The IBEDC stated that it would do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure the protection of its workers and property.

The company described vandalism as another major challenge affecting its operations, adding that it lost millions of naira to the menace.

It said, “To curb these infractions against its business, the IBEDC actively prosecutes any criminal activity that hampers effective delivery of service to its esteemed customers.

“To that end, it has secured eight convictions on vandalism, among which are the recently decided cases of C.O.P v. Oloyede Yinusa, C.O.P v. Haruna Idris and C.O.P v. Adewale Adekunle whose jail term ranged from one month to three years. The IBEDC also secured judgement at the Kwara State High Court in the sum of N500,000 as damages, among other declarations, in favour of its staff member, Abdulsalam Bolaji, who was viciously assaulted by one Col. Taofiq Adesina.”

The company appealed to community members within its franchise to work with it to curb “this growing spate of vandalism and other criminal activities within its network.”

Also, EKEDC said its workers were attacked by some people who claimed to be protesting against poor state of power supply or billing errors in their communities.

The company said it was determined to put a stop to such acts through prosecution of perpetrators.

The General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, said a staff member of the company was severely beaten in Apapa District recently.

Idemudia said neither poor power supply nor billing error should be a plausible excuse for anybody to take the law into their own hands and unleash violence on workers.

According to him, the company only supplies power to its customers based on the bulk energy load it receives from the national grid.

He said, “This means that if the generation level is low nationwide, it will also affect power supply to electricity customers not only in Eko Disco’s operational territory, but also all electricity customers nationwide.”

Protesters Attack IBEDC Office Over Vandalised Transformer In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

Scores of protesters who are residents of Ojoyin community in Ile Ife have attacked the office of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company after they discovered that the transformer within their community had been allegedly vandalised by some officials of the disco.

The irate protesters who staged a protest to the IBEDC office at Lagere area of Ile Ife to register their displeasure reportedly made a bonfire at the entrance of the office and damaged some furniture and other items in the office.

The Osun Regional Communication Officer, IBEDC, Kikelomo Owoeye, said this in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday.

The police were said to have been alerted and their quick response prevented the irate protesters from further damaging the office.

The police were said to have dispersed the protesters and restored the peace in the area.

The IBEDC’s statement read, “The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company hereby expresses its strong displeasure over an attack on its main office in Ile-Ife, Lagere, Osun State on Saturday 24th, February 2018 by some members of Ojoyin community, Ile-Ife following the incident of a vandalised transformer within their community.

“At 8am, some members of the community staged a protest on the allegation that the vandalism act was perpetuated by IBEDC officials.

“During the protest, they damaged furniture at the office security post, removed the signage and set a bonfire at the office gate. It was only through the quick intervention of the Nigeria Police that the protesters were dispersed after which the vandalised cable was later discovered in a bush within the community.

“IBEDC therefore wishes to appeal once again to the public, especially customers within its franchise area to desist from any form of violence on our staff or property as it is unlawful and will lead to a breakdown of service delivery.

“Customers are hereby urged to cooperate with the company by providing information on suspect activity within their community as pertaining to vandalism or energy theft as they lead to the destruction of valuable and critical infrastructure.”

Police Arrest Man For Beating IBEDC Officer In Modakeke

By Sodiq Lawal

A staff of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Mr Kunle Adenekan is currently recuperating in a private hospital after one Oluseun Daniel descended and beat him to stupor when he distributed electricity bills at Owode  community in Modakeke, State of Osun.

It was gathered that Daniel, a resident of the area, was angry when Adenekan and some other officials of the company went around distributing the bills and threatening to cut supplies to homes if they refused to pay estimated bill.

The residents were said to have questioned the power officials why they still bought the high bills when they had not been enjoying electricity for many months but Adenekan was said to have told them they should not complain as they were not the ones responsible for the power outage.

The statement apparently got Daniel angry and he pounced him to stupor.

The incident triggered the company officials to call attention of the police and arrested Daniel.

Osun Assembly Frowns At IBEDC Services

By Israel Afolabi

The state of Osun House of Assembly has directed the Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to restore power to parts of Osogbo, Olorunda as well as Egbedore Local Government which have been in darkness for over a month to revive business activities in the affected areas.

The directive was given during an House session with the management of IBEDC and affected communities at the floor of Assembly complex in Osogbo.

The Speaker State of Osun House of Assembly Honourable Najeem Salaam frowned at the service of IBEDC Osogbo which he said has wrecked havoc on the peoples’ welfare.

He lamented the power outage in some places which encourages crimes in the affected communities in the state.

It would be recalled that the State House of Assembly had last week directed the management Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to appear before it to defend their position in respect of the blackout in some part of Osogbo, Olorunda and Egbedore local governments in the state respectively.

According to the speaker “we remain the voice of voiceless, if House of Assembly cannot do this for the people who else can do it.

We want our people to live safely and comfortable and we cannot fold our arms for electricity users to suffer”, he added.

He charged the security agencies in the State to put adequate measures in place to secure the entire hide outs in the state for the safety of dwellers of the communities.

In their separate remarks, the lawmakers lamented series of difficulties encountered by their constituencies from IBEDC services.
They all alleged that the company services were nothing to write about describing the company’s attitude as “taking the communities for granted.”

The parliamentarian also charged the IBEDC management to make sure electricity is restored to the affected communities in the state within three weeks to enhance commercial activities.

Also, the lawmakers advised the IBEDC to work on weak transmission cable across the state to guarantee uninterrupted power supply.
Meanwhile, in their responses, the company’s Regional Technical Manager, Engr. Salami Waheed and Business Manager Engr. Ogunleye Kazeem appealed to the whole House and numerous customers affected by the blackout claiming that the situation was beyond their control.

According to the officials, the epileptic power supply was as a result of overloading of feeders and weak transmission conductors.

According to them, “It is not our intention to put people in darkness for long”.

Two Arraigned For Vandalising Transformer Cables 

By Toba Adedeji

 

Osun State Police Command on Wednesday arraigned a teenager and one other before Ikire Magistrate Court over the vandalization of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company transformer cables.

 

The accused persons; Hammed Mukaila, Shakiru Adigun and one Michael now at large were alleged for conspiracy, stealing and damaging property.

 

According to the charge sheet numbered MRC/71c/2017 sighted by OSUN DEFENDER Reporter, read, “That you Hammed Mukaila, Shakiru Adigun and one Michael now at large on or before 1st of September 2017 at about 10AM at Oluseke village via Ikire did conspire together to commit felony to wit stealing.

 

” That two of you and one Michael now at large on or before 1st September 2017 at about 10am at the aforementioned place did steal one 20 meter incoming IBEDC transformer cable valued N110,000, 30meters of IBDEC transformer cable valued N270,000, 150meters LNG IBEDC transformer cable valued N7,200 and one 70meters LNG IBEDC transformer cable valued N4,400 total N391,600 property of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Ikire Station.

 

“That you Hammed Mukaila, Shakira and one Michael now at large on the same date, time and place did willfully damage one IBEDC Electric system which endangers the life of the neighborhood.”

 

The prosecutor, Sergeant Afeez Ogunwale informed the court that the offence committed by the duo and one others now at large contravene section 516, (9) and 451(b) of the criminal code cap 30 vol. II law of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.

 

The duo pleaded not guilty to the three count charge pressed against them by the police.

 

The two accused person being represented in court by their counsel, Mrs. J. A. Adeboye prayed the Court to grant her client bail on the most liberal and affordable terms.

 

The Magistrate, Mrs. A.K Oyawale in her ruling, admitted the duo to bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties to swear to affidavit of means and she adjourned the case to November 20th, 2017.

 

Electricity Blackout May Cause Health Problems – Health Professional 

Owing to the recent blackout experienced by about 30 communities in Olorunda local government of the State of Osun, health experts have started to warn that with prolonged darkness and exposure to fumes from the generator sets there was tendency that some of the residents of these communities were going to start developing negative reactions.

 

According to Mrs. Esther Oke, a retired Chief Nursing officer, she revealed that malaria fever; skin rashes were amongst ailments that would be common with people especially children under the age of 5 in those areas.

 

She stated that because of the poor level of hygiene amongst Nigerians, stable electricity supply had been a contributory factor why some people enjoy sound health.

 

Also, she revealed that fumes were also a problem as many toxic agents would be released into the air from the exhaust of the generators.

 

”Many of these residents because of the heat would want to sleep with their generators working till dawn but some may not take precautions to properly ventilate their homes before sleeping and some may end up dying as a result of exposure to carbon monoxide; a gas more toxic than carbon dioxide.

 

“This toxic gas works by paralyzing the nerves of the lungs and causing asphyxiation”.

 

Oke insisted that by now, if a sample of the air qualities of some of the affected communities were taken, it was going to reveal a high level of contamination which even residents were not aware of.

 

“There is also the issue of noise pollution. You see many of the people living within Osogbo are not used to noise on this scale and level and with this type of noise that Lagosians are used to coming to Osogbo, the people are not used to this type of strange living and that can also lead to illnesses and health complaints.

 

Meanwhile, residents of the affected communities have decided to stage a protest march to the office of the Ibadan Electricity Company (IBEDC), Osogbo to demand for power to be supplied to these communities after they have been in darkness for a month.

 

According to information at the disposal of OSUN DEFENDER, the blackout started on the 4th of September, 2017 and since then the communities that were affected as a result of the inability of IBEDC to supply power had been in perpetual darkness.

 

Youths and some community leaders who took to the social media condemned the distribution company for its inability to provide them with power for almost a month and dared their officials not to bring its monthly electricity bills as they were ready to unleash mayhem on them.

 

They condemned IBEDC, labeled it a failure, stating that it was time the distribution company realised that it was no more a public entity but now a private investment and as such, they should strive to live up to its responsibilities.

 

Meanwhile, many businesses in these communities have been affected by the blackout. Many of them who spoke to this medium stated that they had to resort to fuelling their generator sets.

 

The cost of purchasing fuel to power their businesses, they revealed was eating deep into their pockets.

 

Affected areas included Fiwasaye, Iludun, Tanishi, Atelewo, Sabo, Oluode, parts of Ayetoro, Igbona, Ahmadiya, Obalende, Kola Balogun, Ajewole, Ire-Akari, Abe-Obi, Oke-Baale, Onigbongbo, Testing Ground, Gbonmi, Isale Anglican, and others.

 

In a related development, the management of IBEDC has stated that the current impasse was for safety reasons.

 

According to Kikelomo Owoeye, the spokesperson of the distribution company, the affected communities were duly informed of the problem when the issue came up communities unanimously asked for total outage till the projects was completed.

 

“When we offered to manage the line and switch to rationing power supply, the communities declined and they unanimously asked for total outage.

 

“They actually did a communiqué that they preferred total power outage to power shedding. So based on that we cannot do otherwise”.

 

Electricity Consumers Lament Difficulties Uploading Recharge Cards

By Murtala Agboola

Electricity consumers in Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun have been lamenting the harrowing experience of loading their electricity recharge cards, as many of them thronged the office of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) at Station Road, with one complaint or the other.

Some of the IBEDC customers using prepaid meters, lamented that it had been difficult to input figures extracted from the cards procured from the company, while in some cases the cards were rejected by the meters.

A 70 year-old woman narrated how she sent her grandson to purchase card for her, but she could not upload the number and has been visiting IBEDC office since last week without solution.

Another woman who prefered anonymity complained of having switched to her generating set since she was unable to load her card.

One other customer, who described the role of electricity in modern economy as invaluable, said combining erratic nature of power supply with difficulty in uploading recharge card was the least any electricity consumer could think of.

He said: “One would have thought the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) electricity behemoth, into generating companies (GENCOS) and Distribution Companies (DISCOS) would have solved all these problems”.

He then called on the appropriate authority to look into the matter and find a way of solving the problem quick enough.

Ilesa Power Outage: Aregbesola Intervenes, Charges IBEDC To Restore Electricity

…Urges Traditional Rulers to Promote Communal Peace

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has directed the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC to restore electricity in every nook and cranny of Ilesa and its environs without further delay.

Aregbesola who discribed electricity as an essential amenity in the society said, the role of power in promoting socio-economic activities in the society can never be waved away.

Governor Aregbesola stated this while playing a host on the management team of IBEDC who was on a peace mission to his office, at Government Secretariat, Osogbo.

Aregbesola expressed displeasure over the misunderstanding which eventually led to the total disconnection of power supply to the ancient town and its environs.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (3rd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (2nd right), Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd left),House of Assembly Member, State of Osun, Hon. Timothy Owoeye (left) and others during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (3rd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (2nd right), Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd left),House of Assembly Member, State of Osun, Hon. Timothy Owoeye (left) and others during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.

Governor Aregbesola who described Osun as a land of virtue, expressed disappointment on the report that some officials of the company were allegedly beaten up in the course of excersing their duties.

The Governor said it is regrettable that some people believe the only way to express their feelings and as well resolve matters on electricity is to resolve to fight and desecrate the IBEDC authority, which he said was against the social conduct.

Governor Aregbesola condemned in its entirety the way and manner at which some officials of the electricity company were reportedly maltreated in the town while performing their legal duties.

He said” this act must be condemned anywhere in the country because it is illogical, unreasonable and uncultured for anyone in his or her interest to resolve to fight with officials of electricity company.

“We are in a state that preaches “Omoluabi ethos” and as a matter of fact, our administration would not for any reason tolerate any act of indiscipline.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (2nd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (left), and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (right), during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (2nd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (left), and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (right), during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.

“We shall continue to portray our state in good light, just as we are determined to maintain law and order.

Governor Aregbesola lamented over what he regarded as mere loggerheads which could have been peacefully resolved in time past, just as he directed the authority of the company to jettison its grievances in the interest of peace.

Governor Aregbesola who described the traditional rulers as symbols and mirrors of the society, however called on the monarchs to always intervene in any anomaly and as well continuously foster love, unity, peace and tranquility.

He therefore implored the traditional rulers, stakeholders and the general public to support the government in  strengthening peaceful co-existence between and among the people in the state.

Earlier, the Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie commended Governor Aregbesola for his prompt intervention, promising to deploy his men on immediate reconnection of the electricity in the town and its environs.

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,in a warmth handshake with the, Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie and Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,in a warmth handshake with the, Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie and Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.

Mr. Donnachie who described the action purportedly taken by the residents of the town, said the company would not tolerate any form of gross indiscipline; assault and molestation from any member of the public irrespective of such person position or rank in the society.

He therefore urged people in the country to continuous cooperate with the company just as he promised better services.

Photonews: Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Pays Working Visit To Governor Aregbesola

Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on Thursday 10th March, 2016 received the Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie, his Deputy Managing Director, Engr. John Ayodele at his office on the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs.

Find photos from the visit below:

Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,in a warmth handshake with the, Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie and Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,in a warmth handshake with the, Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie and Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (3rd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (2nd right), Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd left),House of Assembly Member, State of Osun, Hon. Timothy Owoeye (left) and others during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (3rd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (3rd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (2nd right), Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (2nd left),House of Assembly Member, State of Osun, Hon. Timothy Owoeye (left) and others during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (2nd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (left), and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (right), during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.
Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (2nd right), Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie (2nd left), Deputy Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Engr. John Ayodele (left), and Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti (right), during the Clear Issue on Power Situation in Ilesa and Environs at Office of the Governor, Abere, on 10/03/2016.

Hike In Electricity Tariff: Osun Residents, NLC, TUC Shut Electricity Distribution Company

By Waheed Adekunle, Osogbo

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) in Osun State have shut the Osogbo business hub of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over the hike in electricity tariff.

The protesters joined other labour unions in the country in line with the directive of their national body to protest what they described as ‘epileptic’ electricity power supply and the increment in tariff.

Osun Defender correspondent gathered that the aggrieved protesters disallowed customers from being attended to.

The protesters who were joined by students, carried placards with various inscriptions which include; “Nigerians cannot be paying more for epileptic power supply”, “No to unlawful and willful hike in electricity tariff”, “Osun state NLC says no to 45% increase in electricity tariff”, and “DISCOS, don’t increase the burden of Nigerians”, among others.

NLC pickets Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Osogbo earlier today
NLC pickets Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in Osogbo earlier today

Addressing journalists, State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Jacob Adekomi, decried the “45 per cent increase” in the electricity tariff as announced by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

Adekomi further stressed that due process in the extant laws for such increment was not followed in consonance with section 76 of the Power Sector Reform Act, 2005.

He said there has been no significant improvement in service delivery.

Adekomi also submitted that it was unfortunate that the DISCOS did not honour an agreement signed in 2013 on the provision of metre to every building.

The NLC Chairman described the 45% tariff increment as ‘inhuman’ despite unstable electricity being experienced in the country.

Comrade Adekomi appealed to the DISCOS to see reasons to do the wish of the masses by ensuring that the status quo remain on the electricity tariff.

Echoing a similar view, the State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Comrade Akinyemi Olatunji, said the DISCOS had no power to increase electricity tariff since there is a suit on the matter which has been pending in court since May 2015.

Adetunji added that the union would continuously picket the Distribution Company to resist any further attempt to increase hardship on Nigerian masses.