IBEDC Accuses Oyo Govt Of Shutting Down Offices After Disconnecting Power Supply To Gov’s Office, Secretariat

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    By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan 

    The Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Plc has accused the Oyo State government of illegally sealing off its offices following the disconnection of electricity supply to the state secretariat and the Governor’s Office.

    IBEDC said it disconnected the secretariat because the state was owing it N450million.

    Rather than paying, the company said the state, through its officials, retaliated by sealing its offices over some contrived debts.

    The electricity company, in a statement by its Chief Operating Officer, John Ayodele, on Wednesday and made available by the Lead, Media Relations Busolami Tunwase said the state government claimed IBEDC is owing revenue bills and personal income hence the action.

    Ayodele, however, described the claim as suspicious.

    He noted that the company, as part of efforts to get the outstanding paid, initiated several engagements through correspondences and physical meetings, but all the efforts yielded no positive result.

    The statement reads: “The management of IBEDC hereby informs its esteemed customers of the retaliatory and illegal action of the Oyo State government over the issue of its huge indebtedness.

    “The Oyo State government on Wednesday, 9 February, 2022 commenced the sealing of our offices within the state over some suddenly contrived debts labelled revenue bills and personal income without due notification.

    “This issue of revenue bills and personal income arising now is quite suspicious.

    “Oyo State government is owing IBEDC a whooping consumption outstanding of N450 million for over a period of three years.

    “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.”

    Ayodele appealed to the state Governor, Seyi Makinde, to look into the matter in the interest of all concerned as this would further exacerbate the power challenges and pressure on residents and commercial activities within the state.

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