WHEN two elephants fight, the grass and trees suffer the consequences, this is the dilemma of electricity consumers are facing as the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) cut off the light in the Oyo State Secretariat for owing it whopping sum of N450 million and what seemed to be in retaliation, the Oyo Government shut down IBEDC offices in Ibadan bringing untold hardships on electricity consumers.
The action of both parties have generated controversies as the UBEDC said Oyo State Government on Wednesday, commenced the sealing of our offices within the State over some suddenly contrived debts labelled revenue bills and personal income without due notification.
It described the action as retaliatory and illegal, adding that the issue of revenue bills and personal income arising now is quite suspicious.
The company in a statement signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Engr. John Ayodele said the Oyo State Government is owing IBEDC a whopping consumption outstanding of N450million for three years.
He explained that the company as part of efforts to get outstanding paid initiated several engagements through correspondences and physical meetings, but all these efforts yielded no result.
It said: “No business in this country can run successfully with such a huge outstanding, the power we distribute to customers must be accounted for and paid for, we have no choice but to disconnect the Oyo State Secretariat, so it is worrisome to see that the government has sealed off our offices with this underhand and arm twisting tactics, instead of paying the debt owed. This was not done in good faith and it would have a damaging effect on the business and service delivery to our customers .”
The company implored Governor Seyi Makinde to look into the matter in the interest of all concerned as this would further worsen the power challenges and pressure on residents and commercial activities within the state.