The people of Saki in Oyo state have said that they are not pleased with the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), over what they termed an intentional and continued act of neglect in the distribution of electricity.
Saki people in a statement made available to journalists by the electricity committee of the Asabari Consultative Council, the umbrella body of socio-cultural associations in the town, frowned at, “IBEDC’s decision to leave out Saki electricity consumers in the scheme of things through the IBEDC Light Up program”.
The statement released by Asabari Consultative Council last Thursday, a copy which was obtained by DAILY POST reads, “The committee condemned in strong terms what it termed as fake assurances of regular and constant power supply by the IBEDC as power supply has not recorded the promised improvement as expected. The committee accused the IBEDC of leaving Saki out in the scheme of things as to knowing latest developments on electricity matter.
“The Asabari Consultative Council is concerned as to the newly introduced television program by the IBEDC – IBEDC Light Up/ Imole de. The IBEDC is seen to be focusing its enlightenment on some sections of its customers thereby leaving Saki in perpetual darkness.
“The committee has discovered that the motives of the IBEDC whose focus is centred mainly on profits without attempting to upgrade most facilities that will facilitate regular supply to Saki and environs, as the media outfits that may serve as means of the same program to Saki and environs have either packed up or struggling to exist. The period of existence of IBEDC as a disco whose franchise covered Saki and environs was reviewed and has turned out to be the worst electricity experience on record.
“The findings of the Committee which emanated from the monitored IBEDC Light up program and tweets revealed that issues as to MAP metering process, safety, meter disputes and many others have been discussed in some past episodes of the IBEDC Light up program.
“The committee resolved to seek for redress against this negligent act of the IBEDC for leaving Saki electricity consumers out of quality service and proper enlightenment without delay.
“The recent revelations by the Secretary of the committee, Adesina Edward, as to number of hours that IBEDC supplies Saki with electricity calls for concern.
“The supply schedule by the IBEDC as recorded for the period of ten (10) days, shows that, Saki was supplied with 24hrs of electricity. The table below shows the verified supply details as provided by the electricity committee of the Asabari Consultative Council supply monitoring team”.
But, Regional Communication Officer, Oyo region of IBEDC, Mr. Frank William in his reaction, said that the company did not at any time, neglect the people of the area.
William who spoke with DAILY POST on Wednesday while reacting said there was no need for the council to engage the company in “media battle” because the company was already addressing the issue.
He said, “We are already talking with the people. We are in talk with the committee and the chairman, General Toogun and the secretary. We never neglect Saki people. They are our customers. They are our people.
“There is no need to go to the media. We are still discussing. IBEDC never neglect its customers. IBEDC neglect of customers is an overstatement. The power supply and the quality has to be improved.
“We can assure them, that the issue of meters, we will definitely take care of it. These people have contacted us, General Toogun and the secretary. We will take care of it. There is no need for media battle”.