IBEDC restores electricity to community after 10 years

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Magboro community on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, popularly referred to as “Second Lagos’’, unexpectedly had electricity restored to the area Monday as “Christmas present’’ after a decade.

Some communities namely: Magboro, Ibafo and Asese on the axis have been cut off from power supply.

The communities had at various times protested the protractred power outage in their communities.

NAN reports that the communities had on March 7, 2016, protested the cutting off of electricity supply to their areas on the ever busy Lagos/Ibadan Expressway in the last decade.

The protesters converged on Punch Newspapers premises and also blocked part of the road at Ibafo, causing traffic jam.

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company responsible for the power supply to the affected communities, however, blamed the protracted darkness on the contractors engaged by the Federal Government to build its power project.

The Deputy Managing Director, IBDEC, Mr John Ayodele, told NAN that the areas were not totally cut off but had been getting power supply intermittently from Abeokuta.

He blamed the poor power supply on the uncompleted National Independent Power Project in the area.

“The areas are to get supply from Akute through the NIPP but last year when it was scheduled for commissioning, we noticed that the contractors used sub-standard materials.

“ We decided that the contractors handling the project should reconstruct or address the defects in the project, but as we speak they have not done anything.

“When the plant was to be connected to distribute power, it could not carry the loads in the areas,’’ he said.

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