Electricity Consumers in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara State, have berated the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) for epileptic power supply.
They said the conductor cable of the expired 11KVA feeder has claimed more than three lives in the last few years.
In a communiqué at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting, Chairman and Secretary of the electricity consumers, Chief Fasaso Balogun and Rev Olusegun Ogungboye, said: “Having complained to and petitioned IBEDC officials at their headquarters in Ibadan
and their regional office in Ilorin, they have promised to change the expired 11KVA conductor cable of Offa feeder. Yet, over two years after the promise, IBEDC officials have neither replaced the conductor cable nor visited the parents of those who died, not to talk of compensating their families.”
They urged IBEDC to install 15MVA transformer at Offa business hub as it promised to replace the outdated two units of 7.5 MVAs in Idi-Ogun sub-station.
This, according to the consumers, will increase power supply to the community and its environs from six hours per day to between 20 and 24 hours.
The communiqué reads: “IBEDC should give us regular power supply to feed Offa, Erin-Ile, Konta, Ijabe, Asi, Okuku, Faaji, Ipee, Ijagbo, Eleyeoka, Ojoku, Ikotun, Igbonna, Ilemona, Irra, Innaja, with provision of standard MVA transformer.
“It is high time to raise an investigation team from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Federal Ministry of Power, Housing and Works to visit Offa to examine the situation and find out the truth because it seems there are hidden issues behind the blackout we always experience as other towns covered by IBEDC get up to 20 to 24 hours of light.
“If these issues are not resolved through thorough investigations, the Federal Government’s efforts will be futile and the economy of Offa and its environs will be paralysed.”