By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has called on its reputable customers across the state to pay their outstanding bills as rehabilitation of electricity installation commences in Ilesa soon.
According to a statement by the Company’s Operation Manager , Engr. John Ayodele , said the company had ordered the major equipment required to rehabilitate the Oke -Omiru Injection substation that was damaged during the massive destruction and carnage that occurred at Ilesha.
He said,” The IBEDC’s administrative and technical team had arrived Ilesha to begin initial rehabilitation and renovation works of some damaged offices, furniture and systems replacement and other critical infrastructure necessary for staff and to ensure adequate service .
The IBEDC Boss noted that the company awaits the delivery of the equipment needed to rehabilitate the Oke -Omiru Injection substation.
” We are simultaneously exploring the restoration of power temporarily to some parts of Ilesha through one of the neighbouring substations which we have ascertained is in good condition.
” The power restoration will be in phases as our technical team progress with the palliative works.
Ayodele condemned the news making the rounds that IBEDC is deliberating refusing to restore power to Ilesha and threats from some advocacy groups.
” It is understandable that stories and so called threats would be peddled from uninformed people to stir rancor, because the Governor and leadership of the Ilesha people that have been interfacing with IBEDC are aware of all the efforts to restore power.
” we always counsel and appeal to communities never to resort to violence, vandalism and destruction of power infrastructures and installations during protests.
” The sad occurrence at Ilesha resulted in destruction of infrastructure worth over N200 Million. Of course with the already limited financial resources available and other considerations it will never be easy to restore power when unfortunate incidents like this occur,” he said
Ayodele, however, appealed to customers in Ilesha to reciprocate the gestures by paying their bills as and when due to enable IBEDC to remain floating.