Ikeja DisCo, Landlords Disagree Over Re-routing of High-Tension Wire

IKEJA

The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (DisCo), now Ikeja Electric (IE), and some landlords at Abule- Egba, a suburb of Lagos, are at loggerheads over the re-routing of a high tension wire, which will pass over the building of one of their own.

Ikeja DisCo had, on October 18,   erected a high tension wire over  a building at 5, Abiodun Onitiri Street, Abule Egba, which belongs to The Nation man Mr. Godfrey Iriogbe.

The wire formerly passed over a mosque.

The development has drawn the ire of landlords in the area, after efforts and entreaties by Godfrey to dissuade IE Abule-Egba Business Unit from rerouting the high tension line failed.

With that decision, the utility firm has put the lives and property of the people living in the bulding in danger.

 Iriogbe stated that when he contacted the Business Unit of Ikeja Electric in Ijaiye Ojokoro and it refused to heed his pleas, he wrote a letter to the firm’s headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.Landlords in the area said Ikeja Electric was not being fair to the Iriogbe’s family. They said the firm did not following due process in erecting the wires on Iriogbe’s property, adding that Ikeja Electric could do the same to any of them in future, if the government and IE management did not intervene to save the situation.

One of the owners of properties in the area, who simply identified herself as Mrs. Odigbe, said the landlords expected the Abule-Egba unit of IE to retain the line on its original position.

She said: “Why I and other landlords in the area are not happy is that we discovered that the Abule-Egba unit was erecting the wires on top of Iriogbe’s property. Why should the firm do this to Iriogbe’s family? The company is setting a bad precedence. The implication is that any of the landlords can be a victim in future. That is the reason landlords are appealing to Ikeja Electric management to be fair on the issue.

Iriogbe said the Abule-Egba District management disregarded due process by passing high tension wires over a residential building knowing the dangers of their action, especially when such wires are being removed from their original position.

He alleged foul play in the matter, accusing the district and the contractor handling the project of trying to favour some people to his detriment.

He urged IE to be fair by returning the wire to its former place.

“It is obvious that the mosque, which originally housed the wires and my father’s property, were metres away from each other. How can one explain a situation where wires were taken from a property to another one’’, he asked.

The Business Manager, Ijaiye Ojokoro Business Unit of IE, Abdullahi Mohammed, was not available to comment on the issue, when The Nation visited his office; but the Head, Network Operation, Mr. Olufemi Adebayo said due process was followed on the issue.

He said many of the landlords failed to meet town planning rules and regulation, including providing 30 centimetres setback to the road before building their houses. He said the landlords would not do themselves any good by complaining about the issue because they were all guilty of the offence and would have problems with the government, once the government decides to act on the issue.

IE Head, Corporate Communications, Mr. Felix Ofolue, said he expected the issue to have been sorted out by now.

Source: The Nation

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