It was indeed a major milestone towards restoring electricity back to my constituency as the management of IBDEC and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission appeared before the House of Assembly today.

I noted that the power outage is a gross violation of the rights of my people to enjoy quality and regular power supply and that in line with the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 that provides for the establishment of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), it is unlawful and unacceptable for IBEDC to always expect the people to solve power challenges through self help whenever there are issues.

The electricity customer right in Nigeria clearly states that: “It is not the responsibility of electricity customer or community to buy, replace or repair electricity transformers, poles and related equipment used in the supply of electricity.”

The management of IBDEC admitted to the lapses identified on their part, noting that paucity of funds was responsible for the long delay.

I demanded for the immediate resolution of the power outage in my constituency as the only acceptable solution and they gave commitment to the prompt resolution of the problem following today’s intervention.

They will be appearing before the House of Assembly on Wednesday, 27th of October with their action plan and timeline for the final resolution of this lingering issue.

I want to sincerely appreciate all the major stakeholders in my constituency for their perseverance and high level of civility in the face of this provocation.

Now, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Tunde Lekan Olatunji
Office of the Chief Whip
Osun State House of Assembly
Teacher | Economic & Financial Expert | Legislator

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