The Ibadan Electric Distribution Company (IBEDC), has attributed the lack of power supply in Ilesha to the extensive damage done to its distribution network infrastructure, specifically to its Oke-Omiru injection substation by hoodlums.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, IBEDC, John Donnachie, explained that due to the extensive damage done to its distribution network infrastructure and the accompanying district facilities, power cannot be restored as it would require millions of naira to revamp and rehabilitate the infrastructure.
Donnachie at a media parley, said: “This is the unfortunate aftermath of the crisis and mayhem unleashed in Ilesha about two weeks ago when a group of hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons like guns, machetes and other sharp objects from Bolorunduro and Olomilagbala communities under Isare Service center, swooped on its office infrastructures
“They shot sporadically into the air to create panic and chaos while their operation lasted. They forcefully gained entrance into the cash office, carted away money from our cash collections and took away mobile phones of some of our staff. The same group attacked our office at Oke -Omiru. The staff around scampered for safety, then the Business Hub Manager who tried to intervene was slapped severally before he was rescued to his office by a youth leader,” he said.
In his words, “The hoodlums further proceeded to our Isokun Service unit and wounded some of our staff whilst some properties in the various offices were destroyed and monies carted away.”
He noted that the company could not comprehend the cogent reasons behind these spates of orchestrated attacks, robberies and assaults on its staff and infrastructure.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, IBEDC senior officers with some officers from the Police, DSS, and NSCDC, paid a visit to the palace of Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, the Owa-Obokun of Ijesha land, to intimate him of these incidents. He condemned the act in its entirety and charged the security organisations to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to book for such dastardly act.
He said the company had also written a letter to the Governor of Osun to seek his urgent intervention in the matter, while also embarking on an assessment tour in conjunction with government representatives, prominent leaders of Ijesha land and heads of security agencies to ascertain the level of damage..
“We wish to state that we have experienced same kind of attack in February 2016, and it took the intervention of the state government to restore normalcy. It is becoming apparent that these attacks on IBEDC are deliberate and intentional, which portends that Ilesha is prone to violence and unrests, even though we operate in Ogun, Oyo, Kwara, Osun, part of Ekiti, Kogi, and Niger states with minimal upheavals,” he added.
He said sequel to the assessment tour, the company had written to the Governor of Osun on its findings, while requesting the government and the indigenes of Ilesha to financially facilitate the needed repairs and replacement needed for the restoration of electricity supply to Ilesha.
“IBEDC as a business is currently operating at a great loss; moreover the Ilesha community is indebted to the company at a huge sum of N3.7Billion. I hereby say it succinctly that IBEDC is a customer-centric company with core values of excellence, innovation, integrity, dependability and teamwork.
“We hold our customers in high esteem and amongst other measures, we hold several weekly community engagements, run sponsored radio and television programmes across our franchise where we educate and engage customers and stakeholders on issues concerning our business operations,” he stated.
The company, he said, was also cognizant of lapses in its service delivery and staff inadequacies which it was already addressing with utmost dispatch through training, education and the application of punitive measures and sanctions where necessary.
He however appealed to its customers to join IBEDC in this fight through whistle blowing and by reporting staff infractions.