Residents of towns in Ife North local government council area of Osun State have appealed to the management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to find a lasting solution to the blackout they have been experiencing in the past months.
They also urged the state government to intervene in the matter and prevail on the electricity distribution company to restore power to their towns.
In a press conference held in Ipetumodu, Thursday, community leaders under the aegis of Ife North Progressive Presidents lamented that the four months of power outage in the local government had given criminal elements, especially kidnappers the leverage to carry out their heinous crimes in the towns.
They disclosed that the blackout had encouraged stealing within the communities and has also paralysed economic activities in the local government.
“People making use of electricity for their business find it very difficult and this needs urgent attention,” they stated.
Pouring their minds to journalists, leaders of the different communities, Prince Oyebowale Adewale, President of Yakooyo Progressive Union, Chief Julius Olaleke Ojediran and Sunday Oyebowale revealed that they had made several efforts to bring an end to the nightmare but that it had been an exercise in futility.
While demanding for the upgrade of the 7.5MVA transformer at the Moro Substation to 14KVA transformer, they disclosed that some businesses have run into debts due to the development.
On his party, Sunday Oyebowale said, “We have written several letters to the State Governor and the IBEDC, even to their main office in Ibadan but nothing has been done. We are imploring people in authority and Nigeria Government to stand up and assist us so that we won’t continue to suffer.”
The town’s students led by Aduragbemi Ogunlola urged IBEDC to take urgent steps in restoring electricity to Ife North local government before the students take to mass action
Towns in Ife North affected by the blackout are Ipetumodu, Edunabon, Moro, Yakooyo, Asipa and Akinlalu.
Findings also indicated that the 7.5MVA that has been installed since 2011 and serving the local government developed fault as a result of heavy load placed on it.
Group lament IBEDC’s failure to meter customers’ houses