Customers of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), particularly in Ede, Osun region, have decried epileptic power supply in the past few days.
From the discontent of many customers, whom Geeky Nigeria was privy to their complains, IBEDC seems to be in the crosshairs of agitated customers who crave electricity.
The situation got to an extent where the youths of Ede, the Federation of Ede Youths Development Association (FEYDA) directed Ede residents to stop paying electricity bills until further notice.
They held a meeting on Friday to discuss about the persistent epileptic power supply in Ede, and the decison was made in a statement signed by Abdulazeez Mufutaudeen Idowu, the FEYDA National President.
On why they arrived at the decision, they said that IBEDC was killing businesses in EDE, and that even when they (IBEDC) were not supplying power, their staff would go around the town with alleged crazy bills.
When IBEDC, Osun Region was contacted, the Senior Communication Officer, Kikelomo Owoeye, explained that the problem wasn’t totally from IBEDC, as load shedding had led to a decrease in the weekly average allocation to IBEDC’s network.
Owoeye emphasised that IBEDC does not generate power as it is one of the 11 Distribution Companies In Nigeria.
“The load shedding is affecting the IBEDC franchise (Ogun, Oyo, Ibadan, Osun and Kwara) Osun region has five Business Hubs, the other four are Ede, Osogbo,Ilesa, Ikirun, Ile-Ife,” she said.
Concerning the issue of carzy bills, Owoeye said that the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme had been relaunched and customers should try to get metered as soon as possible.
She appealed to all customers who had been assaulted by IBEDC staff, and urged them to report at any of the IBEDC Business Hub closest to them.