Following an early morning peaceful protest to IKEDC Abule-Egba business unit embarked upon by Alayo community in Ojokoro Local Development Area, residents of the area have resolved to hearken to the pleas of the senior staff who have assured them to speedily look into their grievances.
Events leading to the youths’ protest began as a result of an alleged non- challant attitude and services oppression from the management of IKEDC.
Reports from the aggrieved residents have it that the CDA transformer cables got stolen on 19th Jan 2019 which was reported to the IKEDC officials but in response, Safari News learnt the community residents were allegedly asked to pay 45% of all arrears owed the IKEDC. After several meetings with residents, the officials were said to have made it known to the people of the community to purchase the stolen cables which the community rejected bitterly.
The youths in the community staged the protest this morning with full support of the landlords and fully guarded by the security personnel with a view to prevent any break down of law and order.
Com. Adesoye Saheed who championed the protest and other notable youths in the community bared his mind in an interview with Safari News that some residents went out of their ways to pay for pre-paid meters but till now, they were yet to get their meters installed.
Mr. Apelehin Tele, in his own contribution said, “we are only ready to pay the arrears as requested by the IKEDC officials but not to buy cables claiming it is their duty and responsibility to do that as a private organization.
Mr. Adelakun, the Business Manager of the unit appreciated the youths mode of protest when he added, “we are ready to dance to your tunes. I have just signed a document yesterday in order to get the cables from the headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja. He explained to the aggrieved youths that it was not only Alayo community that were affected. “About 15 streets are having same issue but your street is the first street to raise alarm and we are glad you are here to show your displeasure”.
He promised that in a very short time, the cables will be re- installed. “I will implore the spokesman for the youths and elders in the community to stage a meeting with the IKEDC officials in order to have some concrete agreement and cordial relationship towards resolving the problems permanently.