The Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday summoned the management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company to appear before it on May 10, 2016 over allegations of arbitrary billing, hoarding of prepaid meters and poor power supply.
The summons was issued following a motion moved by a member representing Atiba State Constituency, Mr. Gbenga Oyekola, and the Deputy Speaker of the house, Mr. Abdulwasi Musa, during plenary.
Oyekola said poor power supply had led to the closure of several manufacturing companies in the country and the relocation of others to neighbouring West African countries, adding that this had robbed the state of Internally Generated Revenue, as Oyo State had suffered economic slump as a result of the situation.
“In this state too, irregular power supply has caused thousands of manufacturing companies to close down. The resultant loss of jobs has swelled the unemployment market,” he said
Oyekola added that the IBEDC was culpable because its epileptic operation had slowed down social and economic growth in the state and caused frustration to both private and public power consumers in the state.
He said, “The irregular power supply, billing for unused electricity, hoarding of prepaid meters to ensure the status quo of fleecing the consumers clog the wheel of progress in the state. The IBEDC has constituted itself as a devil in the economic situation of the state. The company is also ripping off its consumers with high bills and illegal charges. It’s worrisome that irregular power supply is killing businesses in the state.
“The IBEDC needs to look inward in the area of power distribution, generation and ensure that its bills are acceptable to the consumers. As soon as possible, the IBEDC should quicken the pace of prepaid meter installation for its teeming consumers in the state to avoid exorbitant charges on the analogue meters.”
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, IBEDC, Mr. Frank Williams, told our correspondent that the company had yet to be served the summons.