IBEDC Staff Not Immune to Paying Electricity Bills, Landlords Told

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Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has, in an interactive meeting with communities in Ogun region, dispelled insinuation that IBEDC members of staff are immune from paying electricity bills, even as tenants.
Branding and Communications Officer, IBEDC, Ogun Region, Mrs Regina Adelokun, gave this clarification during a town hall meeting with Ota residents and customers.
Responding to questions from residents at the town hall meeting, she said: “The issue of immunity for IBEDC staff not to pay for electricity is false and landlords should please report any staff found to be claiming such right.”
Customers present at the town hall meeting harped on the need for more prepaid meters and the refund of the funds expended by the various Community Development Associations (CDA) on self-help electricity project.
They also claimed that some of them paid for Credit Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) but have not had their meters installed for over three months, while some complained of non reflection of payment.
Also responding to questions, the Business Hub Commercial Manager, Ota, Mr Paul Peters, urged electricity consumers with complaints of wrong tariffs and non reflection of payments to write the Customer Care Unit and present support documentsfor rectification.”
He added: “IBEDC will love to meter all its customers but the financial implication is huge so, we are doing it in piecemeal. Customers are encouraged to embrace Credit Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAMPI) which will be refunded in short  plan with 12 per cent interest via energy purchase.”
At the town hall meeting were officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Police and State Security Services in Ado-Odo and Ota Local Government Areas.
The security agents urged residents to be vigilant and report suspected activities of vandals.
In their speeches, they noted that persistent power outage was due to increased vandalism.
Residents were also informed on the need to take permission before embarking on any protest or rally and should desist from infriging in the duties of their staff in and around their vicinities.
The palace representative from Ota, Mr Dada, charged IBEDC staff to be courteous in their approach and should stop giving outrageous and crazy bills to customers.
In a related development, the Olomu of Omu-Aran in Kwara State, , Charles Ibitoye, has commended IBEDC for the distribution of free prepaid meters to its customers in Omu-Aran district.
He gave the commendation while addressing members of the Artisan Congress of Nigeria, Omu-Aran chapter, at his palace, on Sunday.
It was gathered that IBEDC had, a few days ago, begun free installation of 517 meters under its Free Prepaid Meters Roll-out Scheme.
Omu-Aran district comprises Offa, Ajase-Ipo, Oro, Oke-Onigbin, Oko, Osi and Egbe, among others.
The project, according to IBEDC Omu-Aran District Manager,  Mr Waliu Sanni, was aimed at curbing energy wastage and enhanced efficient service delivery.
The traditional ruler said by the gesture, the company had demonstrated its commitment to ensure the socio-economic well-being of the people of the community.


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