The residents of Odi-Olowo, Ogutuga, Ososa and Oke-Ola areas of Ijebu Ode have alleged threats to their lives over being left in a perpetual blackout that has lasted over thirteen weeks now in the community.
They are therefore urging the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Plc to come to their rescue by urgently repairing the transformer servicing the area.
The appeal was contained in a petition dated April 26, 2019, and sent to the IBEDC Managing Director, Mr. John Donnachie.
The petition was signed on behalf of the residence by the Oloritun, Ikanigbo Mararun Community, Otunba Abdul-Fatai Sarumi.
“Our lives, health, work and security of our lives and property are all under threat now due to this sustained power outage in our area.
“Water which sustains life has become scarce. Our source of water is from boreholes powered by electricity in our homes and some commercial water vendors in the community. Many of these boreholes have been damaged as a result of heavy dependence of generators leading to an inadequate water supply.
“Our artisans whose jobs depend on power are out of business. The peace of our community is threatened. Water crisis looms, unemployment crisis looms, security crisis looms”, they lamented.
The community said when the problem started about three months ago, they promptly informed the IBEDC office in Ijebu Ode about the development but that nothing was done to get the transformer working again.
They said they decided to cry out because the residents could not muster enough fund to buy a new generator.
“We are using this medium to crave for your quick intervention to end the hardship which lack of power has brought upon our lives and for you to end our misery and avert looming epidemic that may arise due to the absence of potable drinking water and associated crisis”, the petition stated.