11-yr blackout: Angry Magboro/Mowe/Ibafo residents walk out on IBEDC officials

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A row erupted n Saturday during a meeting between residents of Magboro/Mowe/Ibafo on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in Ogun State and officials of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company over the 11-year blackout in the axis.
The meeting at Magboro Community High School was convened by an NGO, Power-Up Nigeria, and Magboro Communiy Development Committee for IBEDC officials to brief the residents on the latest efforts to end the lingering blackout.
*Bckground
The forum was briefed by the IBEDC Regional Technical Manager (Ogun), Engr. Abiodun Akindele, about the challenges militating against the resolution of the situation through either the Giwa Oke Aro National Integrated Power Project or Ojere sub-station in Abeokuta.
He said that power supply from the NIPP was hindered by the shoddy job of the contractor that laid the transmission lines.
Akindele said it took the combined intervention of various agencies in the power sector for the lapses to be corrected.
He explained that attempts to use the lines from Ojere had failed as much work still needed to be done on making the option workable.
However, tempers flared when he stated that there was no feasible date for the lines to be energized because the Federal Ministry of Works would still need to demolish illegal structures under the power lines.
He said a commitment had been given by traditional rulers in the affected areas to ensure the speedy removal of the structures.
Attempts by the Magboro CDC Chairman, Mr. Ayodele Kuku, and the Chairman of Ofada/Mokoloki LCDA, Mrs. Kudirat Balogun, to calm the restive crowd failed as residents accused IBEDC of delaying the completion of the project for unknown reasons.
Some of the residents called on the Federal Government to ink the communities with Ikeja DISCO, which had been supplying power to some neighbouring areas such as Arepo, Warewa, Wawa and Isheri North for over 10 years.
*Alternatives
IBEDC officials could not respond satisfactorily to a question on why they had not approached a nearby Chinese firm, WEMPCO, to supply power to Magboro with power from their three idle turbines.
At a point, many residents walked out on the organisers and IBEDC officials.
They accused them of gross incompetence.
Eventually, Kuku rallied the remaining residents and promised that efforts would be made to resolve the situation as soon as possible.

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