Residents of Olambe Community Protest Crazy Electricity Bills  * Is NERC a compromised regulatory and fraudulent commission – the community asks * Calls for immediate distribution of prepaid meters

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Residents of Olambe Community Protest Crazy Electricity Bills 

* Is NERC a compromised regulatory and fraudulent commission – the community asks

*Calls for immediate distribution of prepaid meters

(By our reporters):

The people of Olambe Community have taken to the stress, to protest what they described as crazy and outrageous estimated electricity bills given to residents by Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC) – Olambe Undertaking Unit.

The people yesterday matched to Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC) – Olambe Undertaking Unit, to express their grievances over outrageous bills from IKEDC.

The protest, which took place in the early hours of yesterday Monday, January 18, 2021, had family men and women carrying placards with different inscriptions such as; is NERC a compromised regulatory and fraudulent commission? We say no to estimated billing. We want reversal of all outrageous bills. Ikeja Electric conduct is fraudulent and ungodly. Give us free and unconditional prepaid meters.
Ikeja Disco has no human face. Officials of Discos are treating us like foreigners in our own country.

The peaceful protest lasted several hours, as
the Legal Officer of Olambe Area CDC, Olufemi Ilesanmi ESQ, delivered an official letter from the community to the Manager of IKEDC, Olambe Undertaking, Engineer Adunmo.

He said, “The people here are responsible family men and women coming out to express their grievances and not to cause any mayhem.”

His assertions: “We are here to express our grievances that payment of electricity bill is becoming a burden on the neck of Olambe people. The earlier we express our displeasure, the better because this is the beginning of the year.”

Engineer Adunmo, in his response said,
“The reason for the high bill is that Olambe and Matogbun feeders were given a special allocation in the month of December. The feeders were not off, except there is a major fault”.

Speaking further, Engineer Adunmo, received the letter, acknowledged it and promised to look into it.

Our Correspondents gathered that the letter delivered to IKEDC, Olambe Undertaking Unit, titled, “rejection of outrageous billing of Ikeja Electric”.
The letter was signed by Chairman, Olambe Area (CDC), Comrade Omolade Ganiyu; the General Secretary, Mr. Kayode Oguntoyinbo; and the Legal Officer, Olufemi Ilesanmi ESQ.

The letter reads: “This is to inform you that a meeting was held by a large number of Electricity Consumers in Olambe Community, on January 16, 2021. The issues discussed extensively focused on outrageous bills given to residents.At the end, resolutions were passed as follows;

“That the outrageous bills distributed to Consumers in all DTs under Olambe feeder altogether (Okoh DT, Adams DT, Adeolu Adeosun DT, Ten Ten DT) are totally unacceptable and rejected.That all DTs under Olambe feeder altogether with aforementioned DTs under Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking, should be disconnected from Monday, January 18 2021.

“That all Electricity Consumers under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2) under Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking Unit have decided to remain without electricity supply until Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking reverses its decision on all crazy bills. That all Electricity Consumers under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2) under Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking should stop payment of electricity bill henceforth.
That no consumer should go to Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking to register any complaint on this subject singularly until all pending issues are jointly resolved by the community.

“That all Consumers demand for immediate and unconditional distribution of free prepaid meters.
That Ikeja Electric Olambe Undertaking workers are advised in their own interest not to embark upon any disconnection exercise fromJanuary 18, 2021 in any of the DTs under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2).”

The letter emphasised that Olambe Area Community Development Committee will not tolerate any act of hooliganism by individuals or group within its community.

Comrade Ganiyu commended the community members for their support and large turn for the exercise. He pointed out, “This is self help and we must not relent in our support and contributions to the development of our community”.

Pictures taken during the protest :

Letter from the Community being received by the Engineer.

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