The people of Olambe Area Community Development Committee has matched to the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC), Olambe Undertaking Unit early hours of Monday, 18th of January, 2021 to express their grievance over outrageous billing of IKEDC. The people were seen carrying placards with different inscriptions such as; is NERC a compromised regulatory and fraudulent commission? We say no to estimated billing, reversal of all outrageous bills, Ikeja Electric conduct is fraudulent and ungodly, give us free and unconditional prepaid metres now, Ikeja Disco has no human face, auditing of metres attached to DTs as well as Discos are treating us like foreigners in our country.
Legal Officer of Olambe Area CDC, Olufemi Ilesanmi ESQ while delivering their letter to the Manager of IKEDC, Olambe Undertaking, Engineer Adunmo said the exercise is meant to express their grievance and not cause any mayhem. His words: “We are not here for demonstration, we are not here for protest, we are here to express our grievance; grievance in the form that the payment of electricity is becoming herculean, is becoming a task, is becoming a burden on the neck of Olambe people and the earlier we express our grievance, the better. This is the beginning of the year, if we not come here to express our mind, our displeasure concerning the way you have been treating the people of Olambe, then we will give you the leeway to be continue like that to the end of the year.
Engineer Adunmo in his respond said there is nothing like crazy bill saying the reason for the high bill is that Olambe and Matogbun feeders were given a special allocation in the month of December.
“Let it be note today that nobody give anybody crazy bill, you may not believe it, you may believe it. One day, we will all give account before God that is why I can say it anywhere that I will not be part of people that will cheat anybody. The issue that the bills are increased by the government, that’s fine, the increase was much, fine but that we are giving crazy bill. Let it be note that in the month of December, Olambe and Matogbun feeders were given a special allocation, the feeders were not off, except there is major fault,” Adunmo asserted.
Adunmo then received the letter, acknowledged it and promised to look into it.
However, in the letter delivered to IKEDC, Olambe Undertaking and received by Engineer Adunmo titled “rejection of outrageous billing of Ikeja Electric” and signed by Comrade Omolade Ganiyu (Chairman, Olambe Area CDC), Mr. Kayode Oguntoyinbo (General Secretary, Olambe Area CDC) as well as Olufemi Ilesanmi ESQ (Legal Officer, Olambe Area CDC), Olambe Area CDC spelt out the resolutions that were passed at a meeting held with electricity consumers. The letter reads:
“This is to inform you that a meeting was held by a large number of Electricity Consumers in Olambe Community on the 16th January, 2021. The purpose of the meeting convened discussed at large about the outrageous bills giving to Electricity Consumers in Olambe Community under the Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking Unit and at the end of the meeting, resolutions were passed as follows;
“1. That the outrageous bills distributed to Consumers in all the DTs under Olambe feeder altogether (Okoh DT, Adams DT, Adeolu Adeosun DT, Ten Ten DT) are totally unacceptable, annoying and rejected.
“2. That all DTs under Olambe feeder altogether with aforementioned DTs under Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking, should be disconnected from Monday, 18th day of January, 2021.
“3. That all Electricity Consumers under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2) under Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking Unit have decided and ready to remain without electricity supply until Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking reverse its decision on all outrageous bills.
“4. That all Electricity Consumers under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2) under Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking should abstain from paying electricity bill henceforth.
“5. That no consumer should go to Ikeja Electric, Olambe Undertaking to register any complain on this subject singularly until all pending issues are jointly resolved by the community.
“6. That all Electricity Consumers under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2) hereby demand for immediate and unconditional distribution of free prepaid metres.
“7. Ikeja Electric Olambe Undertaking workers are advised in their own interest not to embark upon any disconnection exercise from 18th January, 2021 in any of the DTs under Olambe feeder and aforementioned DTs in (Paragraph 2).
“Note: Olambe Area Community Development Committee will not tolerate any act of hooliganism by anyone or group within our community.”
Olambe Area CDC Chairman, Comrade Omolade Ganiyu commended the community members for their support and large turn out saying “this is what is call self help.” He then admonished them not to relent in their support and contributions to the growth and development of their community.