Residents of Irese, Aaye and Ikota in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo have decried the ten month old ‘total electricity blackout’ in the three towns.

The residents, who are mostly electricity consumers have also threatened to shut down the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in Akure, to registered their displeasure.

It was learnt that the three affected communities in Ondo have been without electricity since February 2022.

The situation, it was gathered, has continued to paralysed the economic, commercial, and social activities of residents of the town.

The 10 month old electricity blackout has also forced many business owners of the town to shut down their shops.

However, In a protest letter addressed to the Regional Manager of the BEDC, Akure, leaders of the affected towns complained vehemently that the blackout has heightened insecurity in the three towns.

They noted that several efforts to ensure the BEDC address their plights have been without luck.

The letter, signed by the Olurese of Irese land, Oba Ahmed Destiny Saka, on behalf of the three towns, stated that the residents have no other choice than to stage a ‘mass protest’ to express their grievances at the BEDC in Akure.

“After exploiting all avenues of amity to bring sanity to our relationship by reinstalling electricity supply to our communities with no success in view, we have no choice but to organise a procession spanning protests to let the world know of the parlous state of electricity supply to our towns,” the letter read in part.

But the spokesperson of the BEDC, Mr. Micheal Barnabas, blamed the blackout to the activities of vandals but said power would be restored in the area before Christmas, saying the electricity company has been working round the clock to ensure power is restore in the three communities.

He said “I can assure you that power will be restored in the communities before Christmas. The power outage is due to the activities of vandals and we have taken some measures to check the development.

“We have been working to restore power in the area and very soon, at least before Christmas, the residents will smile, they should just exercise some little patient”.

Credit: TOSIN AJUWON

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