By Sodiq Lawal
The residents of Owode Community in Ile Ife at weekend decried poor electricity supply being allegedly rendered by the Electricity Company.
The residents of the community vent their angers in thousands, lamenting on the poor electricity supply.
A community leader, Mr Ibrahim Sanusi, condemned alleged outrageous estimated billings and sharp practices of the staff of the electricity company in the town.
According to him, the electricity company still bring outrageous bills at the end of each month despite their poor service delivery.
He said: “The monthly bill does not tally with the service we get from the power distribution company.”
A trader who resides in the community, Mrs Aisha Ahmodu said that traders dealing on preservables good and liquor are mostly affected as they either purchase ice-blocks, or buy fuels to power their generators.
“It is embarrassing and an act of fraud that after spending so much to power generator, to buy fuels to power generator, the so called men of the electricity company will come and demand payment for electricity bill they did not supply. “
Corroborating, a liquor seller, Madam Queen Olin, said her customers do not patronise her again because of the power failure.
“There are no customers because the few that came had to leave because they wanted chilled drinks and my generator cannot carry my two refrigerators using to ice the drinks.”
A student of Obafemi Awolowo University who also resides in the community, Habib Gidado complained that the community had continually questioned the rationale behind the hike in their monthly bills, despite insignificantly improvement on power supply.
“The entire community will not hesitate to stage a protest against the electricity company if the outrageous billing and power failure are not attended to” He Said.
The community however called on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to intervene and address the poor power supply.