The Federation of Ede Youths Development Association (FEYDA) has asked residents of Ede to suspend payment of electricity bills until further notice
The decision was taken at a meeting of the association on Friday in Ede.
The directive, which was signed by Abdulazeez Mufutaudeen Idowu, the FEYDA National President, was due to the drastic fall in the supply of electricity to many parts of Ede.
They accused the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) of killing businesses in Ede.
They also alleged that despite the drastic shortfall of power supply to the town, IBEDC staff were still going around the town with alleged crazy bills.
Reacting, Kikelomo Owoeye, Senior Communication Officer, IBEDC Osun Region, appealed to the customers to bear with the company until things improved.
In a message sent to DAILY POST on Friday, Owoeye explained that, “due to the low generation from the National Grid, the weekly average allocation to our network by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has reduced.
“This has led to massive load shedding across our franchise. It is not an isolated issue because the whole country is affected.
“Meanwhile, we have three electricity value chains which are: Generation Company whose responsibility is to generate electricity, while we have the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that transmits to the 11 Distribution Companies in Nigeria, which Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) is one of them.
“The load shedding is affecting the IBEDC franchise (Ogun, Oyo, Ibadan, Osun and Kwara) Osun region has five Business Hubs, the other four are Ede, Osogbo,Ilesa, Ikirun, Ile-Ife.
“The low generation has also led to total system collapse recently.
“Therefore, we appeal to our esteemed customers to bear with us, as we are working with all the stakeholders in the electricity value chain on a sustainable resolution.
“Also, if any of our customers are contesting their bills, we advise that they key into our redress mechanism.
“They are advised to do a letter attaching their current bill to it individually, we assure that we will look into it and get it resolved based on individual merit.”
Owoeye revealed that the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme had been relaunched and customers were urged to take advantage of it to get metered as soon as possible.
“We want to urge our esteemed customers to lodge their complaints at any of the IBEDC Business Hub in their location. We appeal that they should not assault our staff and they should not engage in any violent act.
“We enjoin our customers to bear with us until things improves,” the statement concluded.