By Sodiq Lawal
Residents of Ojoyin community in Ile Ife have bemoaned the poor power supply to their community in the last six months.
They complained that the irregular electricity supply has compounded their socio-economic.
A resident, who simply identified himself as Mr. Oke, described the electricity supply in the area as disappointing, lamenting that: “Electricity supply here is frustrating. For the past six months, we have been forced to live in darkness without any explanation.
“It has really affected the socio-economic activities here because there is no business that can strive in darkness. Most artisans in the area have now resorted to commercial motorcycles and other petty jobs because the erratic power supply has crippled their businesses.”
Similarly, a resident, Miss Arioye Shakirat called on the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company,IBEDC, to urgently address its power crisis which has brought about total blackout for six months.
A frozen food trader, Mrs. Okeke Yemisi, said her business was running on deficit as she spent N10, 000 weekly to buy petrol for her generator, noting that the poor electricity supply was compounded by the arbitrary billing of consumes in the area.
However, in a phone interview with IFE CITY NEWS, the General Manager, Corporate Communication Ibadan Electricity Disco Company (IBEDC) Ife Central Branch, Mr Adedibu Olugbena attributed the blackout as a result of an unknown person who stole all the transformer’s cables in the community.
He told our correspondent that another cables have been brought to the community and assured the residents that soonest power supply will be fully restored.
He appreciated the community for their maximum effort financially so as power supply could be restored.
He however urged them to maintain peace and orderliness and promised that soonest power supply will be restored to the community.