June 10, 2024

Residents protest alleged long-term neglect, estimated billing by EKEDC


By Olayinka Ajayi

Residents of Jimoh Street in the Agboju area of Amuwo-Odofin, Lagos, stormed the Eko Distribution Centre, EKDC, office in Festac town yesterday to lament over what they described as “unjust neglect by the power distribution company and outrageous billings.”

The residents who stumped the EKDC office in their thousands with placards and bells demanded to speak with the manager in charge to express their grievances.

Fielding questions from Vanguard, one of the residents who led the protesters, Mr. Innocent Okolie, said, “We came here for the sole purpose of informing EKDC of our displeasure at putting the whole area in an undue blackout for almost two months.

“At the end of April, our transformer was packed up, and we informed one of the marketers in charge of Agboju, Mr. Kayode, He told us there’s nothing he could do to address our predicament, and this got most of us angry. That was why we had to converge en masse.

“The most disturbing thing is that despite our packed up transformer EKDC is still issuing outrageous estimated bills to our area go to three months now.”

Responding on behalf of EKDC, a concerned senior marketer who pleaded to remain anonymous insisted that the report has yet to get to EKDC and apologized on behalf of the company.

He appealed to the protesters to volunteer three people among them who would interface with the EKDC staff on how electricity would be restored to the area.

He said, “I share in your grievance because I can’t be in your shoes, and I won’t complain over undue neglect. The manager and the communications desk are not here, but I would take it up on myself to kick-start the process of restoring power.

“By this, I would kick-start the internal process here, and at least three people in the area would be continuously briefed on the progress of restoring power to the area.”