Electricity: Osun Govt Intercede In Crisis IBEDC, Osogbo Communities
The Osun State Government has intercede to the ongoing crisis between the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, and some communities in Osogbo.
The State government hereby calls for an urgent stakeholders’ meeting on the disconnection of parts of the state capital from power supply.
AOB Media Hub gathered that Ogooluwa, Alekuwodo, Fagbesa, Ifelodun and some communities in Osogbo had been experiencing blackout some days ago due to the huge debt of the IBEDC.
The IBEDC said that there are a lot of debt being owed by the residents of the affected communities which led to the reason why their electricity was disconnected.
Intervening on the issue, the state government said the two parties should consider an alternative way to solve the issue because the blackout might lead to the shutdown of many peoples’ business and insecurity.
The IBEDC is however encouraged by the state government to reconnect the affected communities to power supply while an immediate solution will be find to the huge debt owed by the affected communities.
“The State Government hereby calls on the two parties to consider an alternative dispute resolution method, as the blackout might also lead to increase in insecurity among the affected communities and shutdown of business activities.
“Such blackouts might also have a negative impact on the upcoming celebration of Eid El Kabir.
“The IBEDC is encouraged to reconnect the communities to power supply while an immediate solution is found to the question of huge debt owed by the affected communities.
“The State Government is also concerned about the likely breakdown of law and order, as there are pockets of protests from the affected communities. Immediate resolution of the issue will put an end to the ongoing protests. We cannot afford to allow such protests to be hijacked by unscrupulous elements in pursuance of their nefarious activities.
“We are committed to brokering a peaceful negotiation between the Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, and the Stakeholders from the affected communities.”