…As Consumer writes IBEDC authority
A human rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice
(CHRSJ) has been planning to drag the authority of the Ibadan Electric
Distribution Company (IBEDC) to Court of law over what it termed as
crazy bill, illegal extortion of consumers and poor supply of
electricity to the masses under the jurisdiction of Sango Ota axis,
saying that the electric distribution company had made life unbearable
for the people of the area due to their poor power supply.
The group also alleged that majority of the IBEDC staff have been
treating their customers in the area inhumanly, instead of treating
them like king, adding that the leadership of the group would not fold
their arms and allow illegality to thrive in the area under the guise
of providing service to the people.
Meanwhile, an IBEDC consumer, Mr. Surajudeen Adedeji had lodged a
complaint at the Ikeja office of the human rights organization on the
illegal action of the staff of the IBEDC (Joju office) led by Ahmed
and Tunji by bringing an accumulated sum of N70, 000 on October 7th,
2019 to him, after aware that they have been using Pre-paid meter
since month of April, 2019.
Refusing to pay the illegal sum of N70, 000, made the wicked IBEDC
officials to disconnect his (Mr. Surajudeen Adedeji) Pre-paid meter,
adding that they have been buying sum o N8, 000 electricity on monthly
basis since installation of the Pre-paid meter in the month of April
Adedeji had earlier informed the management of the IBEDC through a
signed written letter dated 16th of April, 2019, to its Sango-Ota
Business Manager, informing him of their Pre-paid meter installation
in their residence at No 24b, Alhaji Yusuf Adisa street,Ota, Ogun
State, which lead to the full payment of the sum on their estimated
bill in the month of April.
.According to the letter; “This is to inform the management of the
IBEDC that we have commenced the use of pre-paid meter at the above
address since the beginning of the month of April, 2019.Therefore, we
want our bill to be henceforth stopped and we also use this medium to
call your office to come and inspect of our premises for assessment.
“The outstanding balance on our last bill had been cleared by the
month of April and the photocopy of the bill is hereby attached .We
will appreciate your prompt and warm response to this our letter”.
Speaking on behalf of CHRSJ in a signed statement on Wednesday and
copies were made available to newsmen, its Executive Chairman, Comrade
Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, condemned in its entirety, the action IBEDC
officials, insisting that customers were the kings to the service
providers and they should be treated as such, adding that this was how
electricity providers in the country have been shortchanging their
teeming customers which it could not be tolerated any more.
Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman