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ASSEMBLY GIVES IBEDC 48-HR TO RESTORE POWER TO OSUN COMMUNITIES

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Osun State House of Assembly yesterday gave 48 hours ultimatum to Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), to restore electricity to six communities in Ife North Local Government.

Residents had protested five months blackout, urging the government to intervene.

Speaker Timothy Owoeye, meeting with IBEDC representatives led by the firm’s Regional Head in the state, Mr. Akin Ogunleye, said: “We can’t continue to see the people thrown into darkness without finding solution to the problem.

“It is a fact that it’s not the responsibility of consumers to buy, replace or repair transformers, poles and related equipment used in the supply of electricity. Either you repair the transformer or you replace it, I want power to be restored to the six communities within 48 hours.”

Ogunleye, however, explained that the five months power outage was due to the faulty transformer that would cost N90 million, noting that the company was faced with paucity of funds “and cannot, for now, take the full responsibility of restoring power to the affected communities .”

The speaker adjourned the meeting till October 26 for IBEDC to come up with a solution template.

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