Assembly summons utility firm over arbitrary bills



The Oyo State House of Assembly has summoned the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) over its arbitrary billing system.

The invitation followed a motion co-sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Abdulwasi Musah (Saki West) and Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba) during plenary.

While reading the motion, Oyekola accused the power firm of constituting itself into a clog in the wheel of socio-economic development of the state on one hand, and an harbinger of frustration to both corporate and private power consumers, on the other hand.

“The irregular power supply, billing for unused electricity, hoarding of pre-paid meters to consumers to ensure status quo of fleecing the customers and the fraudulent alliance between the IBEDC marketers and the registered electrical contractors remain a clog in the wheel of progress of the state,” the lawmaker stated.

Consequently, he called on the House to invite the management of the electricity company to appear before it at its next sitting to explain poor power situation and how to it hopes to improve its services in the state.

Oyekola also demanded that the utility firm should order immediate free distribution and installation of the pre-paid meters, saying the move would discourage the marketers and their co-travellers from sucking the hapless customers to the marrow.

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