You have not changed, Ogbomoso youths lambast IBEDC, want manager transfered

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Yinka ADETUNJI
It appears it is not yet uhuru between Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC and youths in the city over the services of the former.
The youths operating under the aegis of Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum, OCYF, are unhappy over what they termed breach of agreement between the two bodies alleging that unwholesome activities are still being perpetrated by IBEDC to the detriment of electricity consumers in the city.
It is recalled that earlier this year OCYF issued a 8-point agenda to IBEDC demanding an overhaul of its operations.
IBEDC among others was alleged of underhand dealings, hoarding of prepaid meters, distribution of crazy bills, harassment of customers and non-response to repair of faulty transformers.
Peace was however brokered after mediation by some elders in the community with the IBEDC management promising improved services.
However, it appears the agreement had broken down even as OCYF had threatened to return to the trenches while demanding the transfer of IBEDC manager Ogbomoso business hub, Mr. Nelson Udeme.
“This is to inform the members of the public, most especially the good people of Ogbomoso that Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum (OCYF) is willing to walk out of the Memorandum of Action signed between the IBEDC and OCYF on 21st June, 2021 at the Ogbomoso Recreation Club,” OCYF begins in a press release it issued yesterday.
The release signed by Comrade Adebayo Adeniran, Comrade Adeniji Idowu.and Rev:d. Peter Olaleye, PRO, secretary and president respectively, and obtained by ogbomosoinsightonline.com, further states, “The number 3 of that MoA requested that IBEDC shall constantly maintain the power grid (transformers, poles and cables),” which it says IBEDC agreed to at the time.
“The organization agreed that constant maintenance of the power grid is their responsibility and will never ask or force any community to assume their responsibility.
“Kindly note that this profit-making organization did not suggest they would ever frustrate customers to the extent of makng them to go and source for self-help when power grid around them develops fault.”
The youth organization regretting the non-adherence to the letters of the memorandum on the part of the electricity body notes “Nelson Udeme who is the business hub manager of Odo Oru, Ogbomoso only behaved himself for just one month over the peace that our fathers in Ogbomoso and the police area commander of Ogbomoso and other security operatives laboured for.
“Mr. Nelson Udeme forgot totally that he was not the one who worked for that peace, but he has a responsibility to manage that artificial peace by following the MoA (Memorandum of Action) signed on the aforementioned date.”
Commending the area commander for suggesting the formation of an association named ‘Ogbomoso Community Leaders and Heads of Organizations,’ which would see to the maintenance of the spirit of dialogue with IBEDC, the body lamented Udeme never allowed it to function effectively.
It stresses the business hub manager had spurned several meetings to call his attention to the lapses.
It mentioned some of the lapses including frustrating communities thereby forcing them to buy and repair transformers on their own, “without any compensation.”
OCYF gave an instance of this, “Kindly be informed that the transformer of Ologbon/Akande Market community developed fault and it was reported to him. But Mr. Nelson Udeme took no action. The community was thus without electricity supply for four months. The residents therefore had to seek self-help appealing to people for money. Thank God Prince Tunde Aremu Irorun-Agbe came to their rescue with a sum of N800, 000.”
OCYF lamented that such money would now be collected by IBEDC under various guises.
This is just as it bemoaned continued issuing “of crazy bills.”
“In the MoA signed between IBEDC and OCYF, on the need to address the issue of crazy bills, Mr. Nelson Udeme and his cohorts only behaved themselves for just one month, after which they returned to their usual practices.”
The youth group insisted also that the company had not desisted from what it called “harassment of electricity consumers,” disclosing, “We experienced one very disturbing situation recently where IBEDC staffers disconnected a prepaid meter user, saying it is no longer consuming card quickly. This is outrageous, yet it is just one of many.”
OCYF consequently made a 2-point demand as prerequisites for continued peace, including the redeployment of Mr. Nelson Udeme and 3 months’ free electricity supply to the consumers on the Ologbon transformer, while warning of dire consequences in the event that electricity supply to the city is cut as a revenge measure.
“Kindly be informed that shutting down their supply will amount to shutting down Ogbomoso community. This will bring the total collapse and the end of this scam called IBEDC in the six (6) states that you are scamming! A word is enough for the wise.”
Efforts to extract the reactions of Mr. Udeme was however not successful as at the time of filing this report.


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