Lagos community begs Ikeja Electric foe new transformer  

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo
Ikeja Electric Distribution Company

Members of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos, have appealed to a Nigerian Distribution Company, Ikeja Electric to fulfil the promise it made to install a relief transformer to the community.

The members of the local government that made that plea with the DISCO company are those of the Prestige Community Development Association in Heritage Estate, Isuti Road, Egan-Igando.

According to the Chairman, Heritage Estate Association, Chief Mustapha Ayoola, the current transformer in the location is weak and cannot handle the rising power demand in this community. He told The Punch.

Ayoola while speaking said the community has since 2016 written to the company to end the struggles of insufficient power supply,  low voltage and poor energy distribution to the entire Isuti area of Egan.

As he expressed the struggles of the community, the said that the first letter sent to the utility firm was dated January 14, 2016. This brought the challenge to the notice of Ikeja Electric.

In his words, “After several letters, visits to IE and interventions of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission with reference no IFO/5283/2020, the body on July 15, 2020, in a letter referenced IE/NMD/CE/CCO/1542500/2020, the community was then listed alongside others for relief transformer.

“Despite different measures to improve the situation, such as load shedding of electricity, the problem persisted. So, since the problem started more than six years ago, the community has written several letters and visited the Okota and IE Headquarters Business Unit in Ikeja.

“Our complaints were logged by the firm with these codes SR296152 in 2016, 436150 in 2017, 1534618 in 2020, and 1542500 in 2021.”

He disclosed that following their concerns, engineers from IE examined the transformer and determined that it was overloaded. The firm promised that they would give them a relief transformer.

The community immediately provided a place for the installation of the transformer.

“Since then, we have been on this matter,” he lamented

He further stated, “When they failed to provide the transformer, we approached the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency for mediation.

“The first time we met IE at the agency, they told us that we have been shortlisted for a transformer.”

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