25th May, 2011
Following what is described as gross injustice and insincerity by officials of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Plc, the residents of residents of Onabola and Oshipitan streets in Bariga Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, have protested against the activities of the power supply company in the area.
During the protest staged at the PHCN offices at Gbagada, Somolu and Alausa, Ikeja, the residents said they have been living without stable power supply for the past 10 years, a situation which they said, was reported severally but without anything done about it.
They said the protest was made as the last resort to drive home their demand and get what they need.
In a letter signed by leaders of the community and submitted at the Alausa office of the power companyâ€™s chief executive officer, the community stated that apart from not enjoying power supply, they accused officials of the company of extortion, diversion of supply to other communities in the area, monthly issuance of highly inflated bills and non release of prepaid meters to some residents after payment had been made for over two years.
â€œWe the residents of Oshipitan and Onabola streets hereby embark on the protest as a result of gross injustice perpetrated by PHCN officials for the past 10 years on the law abiding citizens.
â€œIt is imperative to note that several letters, efforts and appeals had been made in the past as to our demands but unfortunately, futile promises had been made severally by PHCN authority without fulfilment.
â€œThe reasons for our protest include no additional transformers for the past 10 years, load shedding, improper diversion of supply to Gbagada Estate Phase 2, high proportion of estimated bill, extortion by PHCN officials and non supply of prepaid meters after money had been paid for over two years.
â€œWe hereby seek your timely intervention by using your good office to address these problems,â€ said the residents in their protest letter.
A senior staff of PHCN who spoke to the aggrieved residentsÂ on behalf of the chief executive officer, said their demands would be attended to in due course.
However, Lawal Abidemi, the Public Relations Officer of the community said that the residents would resume their agitation if officials of the company fail to keeping their promises.