Special Report: Iju communities petition IKEDC over estimated billings



…Vow not to pay May bill of N20,000 per flat
By Charles Okogene
Residents of Iju/Ishaga, Iju/Saala, Oke-Ayo, Sam ‘B’ Esan, Abe Koko Captain Godo, Odumbakun among others are angry with Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC) over its crazy estimated electric billing especially for the month of May 2020 at which each flat was billed the sum of N20, 224.41.
The crazy bill elicited widespread uproar from both tenants and landlords in the area so much that they decided to fire a petition to the Undertaking Manager of IKEDC in Iju.
The petition dated June 25, 2020 has led to a meeting between the petitioners and IKEDC. At the jaw, jaw, which was also attended by the National Cordinator of National Consumer Protection Forum, Comrade Adeola Samuel  on July 19, 2020 at the communities’ townhall, agreed that the May bill be revisited/reviewed and that the communities shall be informed not less than two weeks after the meeting what IKEDC has decided.
That the communities’ first letter to the electricity company that was not acknowledged will be  responded to; that any fault reported to Iju undertaking will be attended to promptly and that any officer that requested for money before fixing a fault, should be reported to IKEDC.
That inherited bills is an individual affair and that such a person should complain personally to IKEDC and that such a person will be attended to.
However, two weeks after the meeting IKEDC is yet to resolve the issue of the May billing just as some residents of the communities are yet to offset their may  bill.
Rather, IKEDC officials were seen in some streets in the area, particularly Obayomi Close, off Dada Arejogbo Street, inspecting prepaid metre to ascertain if its owners by passed in their installation.
Earlier in his submission at the meeting, Chief Dada Arejogbo, had enumerated all the shortcomings of IKEDC in the area to included but not limited to bad poles, outreageous, estimated billings, absence of prepaid metre especially to those that have registered and paid.
He, however, noted that IKEDC has in the last five months improved on its supply of electricity to the area.
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