"Take us Off Your Grid': Apete, Awotan, Ajibode, Others Reject IBEDC Over Alleged "Criminal Billing" - Penangle | News Portal in Nigeria
Tue. Jun 18th, 2024
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Terrified by bill insincerity and rip-off, over five communities in Ido Local Government have jointly written the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to take their communities off their grid.

In a letter entitled “Letter of Disengaging our Customer Relationship with IBEDC” jointly signed by Engineer Rasak Fabayo, Ademuyiwa Oluwole and Alhaji Ajadi Oladeji, President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Central committee of Ajibode, Apete, Awotan, Araromi, Akufo and Environs Community Development Association; the communities stressed that it will not allow any IBEDC staff within the communities to continue carrying out what it called ‘criminal act’.

The letter which was copied to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Apete, Managers IBEDC Apete and Ajibode stations as well as Dugbe Business Manager of IBEDC, alleged that IBEDC gave a bill of one hundred thousand to a house that has not been connected to electricity.

The communities jointly rejected the ‘criminal act of issuing bills with a value well above N5,000 and N10, 000 in a month when power supply is less than an hour most days of the month’.

The Central Committee of Ajibode, Apete, Awotan, Araromi, Akufo and environs further lashed out at the management of IBEDC of lacking capacity to manage both the staff and the product being sold to customers.

It maintained that despite being marginalized in power supply by IBEDC, the communities will no longer tolerate fraudulent actions of IBEDC staff in the communities and would prefer the organization remove the communities off their grid.

The letter reads: “With reference to series of letters written to your organization about our communities being marginalized, it is obvious by your organization’s body language and non-challant attitude that it is a deliberate act to rip-off our people. We have also seen that you lack the capacity to manage both the staff and the product you are selling. May we shock you a little. Your organization gave a bill of over one hundred thousand to a house that has not been electrified….where is the place and position of integrity and value for humanity in the act of your staff in this issue? therefore in view of the above, all of us in the above communities are pleased to tell you that we are tired of your incompetence and insincerity. By this we are no more interested in the service of your organization known as IBEDC. You are free to take us off your grid. As from now, we will not allow any of your staff within our communities to continue to carry out this criminal act.” the communities emphasized.

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