Tuesday, 30 April 2019

IBEDC VS ILESA RESIDENTS: Restoration of Electricity Will Be Delayed; Aregbesola Condemns Utilisation of Violence in Conflict Resolution

The technical team of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) arrived Ilesa city yesterday 29th April, 2019. The team numbering about 20 is led by Mr. Ade Ayilaka. Repair works have commenced on the Oke-Omiru 11 KVA brush transformer injection station.

The technical team made a shocking discovery that stalled the speed of the repair; the switches in the control panel were damaged and the power regulators are missing. These components are not at all easy to come by due to their scarcity in Nigeria market and they have to be sourced for outside the country.

Writing on his Facebook timeline, the House of Representatives elect for Ijesa South Federal Constituency, Hon. Babatunde Ayei who is also the chairman of Ijesa community/IBEDC relations informed "that effort made to restore power to some communities in Ijesaland this week may have been thwarted.

"This is sequel to the emerging facts that critical components in the company's installations at Oke-Omiru power sub station have been completly destroyed, and required total replacement.

"The combine team of experts from IBEDC and representatives of Ijesa community came to this reality today while attempting to commence operations, and process for IBEDC staff to return to their various offices in Ijesaland.

"It is unfortunate that despite resources and risks committed by various groups, critical stakeholders and top echelons of IBEDC, it appears that people will have to wait more, and pray.

"It is frustrating that collective efforts made so far to restore power in a matter of days as we promised our people, have been thwarted by the latest revelation.

"Among the components damaged in the installations was the 'power regulator', which experts said without it in good condition, if power is restored, electronic devices at home and others, will be damaged beyond repairs through power surge , while lives of residents will be in jeopardy.

"It was therefore said that to be on a safer side, it is better to replace the damaged components , especially the 'power regulator'.

"I appealed for better understanding of the present situation, and hope that the affected installations will be fixed pretty soon."

Meanwhile, Rauf Aregbesola the erstwhile governor of the State of Osun and himself an Ijesa origin reacting to a clash between Ilesa youths and IBEDC officials in 2016 expressed displeasure over the misunderstanding which eventually led to the total disconnection of power supply to the ancient town and its environs. He described Osun as a land of virtue, expressed disappointment on the report that some officials of the company were allegedly beaten up in the course of exercising their duties.

As the governor then he said it is regrettable that some people believe that the only way to express their feelings and as well resolve matters on electricity is to resolve to fight and desecrate the IBEDC authority, which he said was against the social conduct. He condemned in its entirety the way and manner at which some officials of the electricity company were reportedly maltreated in the town while performing their legal duties.

He said "this act must be condemned anywhere in the country because it is illogical, unreasonable and uncultured for anyone in his or her interest to resolve to fight with officials of electricity company. We are in a state that preaches Omoluabi ethos and as a matter of fact, our administration would not for any reason tolerate any act of indiscipline. We shall continue to portray our state in good light, just as we are determined to maintain law and order".

Governor Aregbesola lamented over what he regarded as mere loggerheads which could have been peacefully restored.

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