Ogun community bemoans prolonged blackout

13th March 2024

Some residents of Magboro in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State have decried the power outage that has plunged the community into darkness.

The residents expressed concern that if the erratic power supply was not resolved, it might lead to businesses shutting down amid the rising cost of fuel and economic hardship.

The residents, who spoke with PUNCH Metro in different interviews on Tuesday, lamented that the community had been faced with erratic power supply for several years without any help in sight to address the situation.

Our correspondent, who monitored activities within the community for several hours, observed that there was no sign of electricity supply, but some shop owners resorted to the use of generators.

A shop owner in the area, identified as Madam Tola, said her soft drinks business had suffered losses due to the poor power supply, which she claimed had contributed to low sales.

She said, “The issue of light is one of the challenges we are facing in this community, which has been a challenge for several years now. Unlike our counterparts in the Arepo community where they enjoy a steady supply, Magboro is nothing to write home about. Before, we used to have a minor supply, but for more than two weeks now, it has been a total blackout.

“My business has suffered due to this poor power supply because I require electricity to ice my goods, but I can’t, which has left me with low sales. I am appealing to the necessary authorities to look into our plight in Magboro.”

Another resident, who did not want to be mentioned, lamented that the erratic power supply had compounded the economic woes faced by the nation.

The residents bemoaned the failure of the current administration to deliver the dividends of democracy to the citizens.

According to the resident, aside from the impact of the erratic supply on businesses, the situation also affects the health of the masses.

“I am aware that it is not only in Magboro that we are experiencing low power supply and blackout; there are other communities too experiencing the same issue. I heard that there is a low supply of gas to generate electricity. It shows how the current government has failed in many aspects. Food is expensive, there is no light, fuel is expensive, and inflation is biting hard on everyone.

“When we made a case for this poor electricity some time ago, we were told by the IBEDC that they had a low supply from TCN and only those on 33KVA lines had a regular supply. It is just tiring because the impact is not just on businesses alone; it also affects the health of the citizens,” the resident said.

Similarly, some netizens have expressed their displeasure on the IBEDC page over the erratic power supply in their various communities.

On Facebook, Mudashiru Olalekan wrote, “For the past few weeks, the light didn’t blink an eye at Idi-Ose, after Amuloko, along Akanran Road. And not that it is faulty, and at the end of the month, your staff will bring the bill for what we didn’t use. You guys should be sincere with yourselves, will you be happy to pay such billing if you’re to be one of those staying in this area?

“You people will just be making life unbearable for people, how can you deny people electricity for weeks….going to a month now without any tangible or reasonable reasons? Is that not total wickedness?”

Another Facebook user, Bayo Alaka, also noted, “You are now distributing darkness. FG should as a matter of urgency withdraw your licences.”

Edward Oludele Oyewole reacted, “IBEDC is giving their staff revenue target without supply. This is unfair on your part, and we will soon drag ourselves before the EFCC for economic crime. It is a matter of time. You install a counter (metre) in our transformer, and you come every month to read and never implement your reading but find joy in giving us estimated bills. You put us on Band D 8 hrs per day and yet we never have light of one hour per day.”

When contacted, the spokesperson for the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Busolami Tunwase, noted that the low supply of gas to generating companies among other issues was responsible for the erratic supply experienced in some communities.

“One of the primary factors is the low supply of gas to generating companies which has led to a gradual decrease in available generation into the grid. This has significantly reduced the power available on the transmission grid for onward supply to IBEDC, and in turn, greatly hindered our ability to provide power to customers within our franchise, namely Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Kwara and partly in Kogi, Niger and Ekiti states.

“Other issues that may have led to blackouts in these communities are scheduled maintenance, vandalism, theft of electricity infrastructure and apathy of payment from the consumers among others.

“IBEDC is urging our valuable customers to report any fault in their electrical facilities to our nearest offices to them and it will be promptly attended to,” Tunwase stated.


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