The Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Ibadan Electric Distribution Company (IBEDC) John Donnachie stated that due to the extensive damage done to IBEDC distribution network infrastructure, specifically the Oke-Omiru injection substation and the accompanying district facilities, power cannot be restored now.
He said as hundreds of millions of naira will be required to revamp and rehabilitate the infrastructure, adding that restored power supply would be to the neighboring towns with unaffected infrastructures.
He spoke at a press conference in Lagos, where he said he lamented the company’s predicament in the face of the recent attacks
He said: “ This is the unfortunate aftermath of the crisis and mayhem unleashed in Ilesha about two weeks ago.When a group of hoodlums armed with dangerous weapons like guns, machetes and other sharp objects from Bolorunduro and Olomilagbala communities under Isare Service center, swooped on its office infrastructures
“They shot sporadically into the air to create panic and chaos while their operation lasted. They forcefully gained entrance into the cash office, carted away money from our cash collections and took away mobile phones of some of our staff. The same group attacked our office at Oke -Omiru. The staff around scampered for safety, then the Business Hub Manager who tried to intervene was slapped severally before he was rescued to his office by a youth leader.
“The hoodlums further proceeded to our Isokun Service unit and wounded some of our staff whilst some properties in the various offices were destroyed and monies carted away,” it said.The company noted it could not comprehend the cogent reasons behind these spates of orchestrated attacks, robberies and assaults on its staff and infrastructure.As a responsible corporate citizen, IBEDC senior officers with some officers from the Police, DSS and NSCDC paid a visit to the palace of Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, the Owa-Obokun of Ijesha land to intimate him of these incidents.
He condemned the act in its entirety and charged the security organizations to apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to book for such dastardly act.
He said sequel to the assessment tour, the company had written to the Governor of Osun on its findings, while requesting the government and the indigenes of Ilesha to financially facilitate the needed repairs and replacement needed for the restoration of electricity supply to Ilesha.
“IBEDC as a business is currently operating at a great loss, moreover the Ilesha community is indebted to the company at a huge sum of N3.7Billion.I hereby say it succinctly that IBEDC is a customer-centric company with core values of excellence, innovation, integrity, dependability and teamwork.
“We hold our customers in high esteem and amongst other measures, we hold several weekly community engagements, run sponsored radio and television programmes across our franchise where we educate and engage customers and stakeholders on issues concerning our business operations.These platforms were introduced to serve as feedback mechanism for our customers to engender better service delivery,” it said.