8th September, 2011
Residentsâ€™ Association of Alafia Estate in Oke-Ira, Ogba, Lagos, have debunked claims that officials of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Plc, asked them for a bribe to install a new transformer provided for the estate.
Making the clarification, Dr. F.O. Kuti, chairman of the association said no time did officials of PHCN approached them for any kind of gratification.
He noted that the contribution being referred to by the petitioner was an internal arrangement by residents to secure the anticipated transformer so that miscreants will not vandalise it when it is installed.
Besides, Kuti noted that the residents also wanted to build a fence round the transformer, thus necessitating the need for contributions from them, which one of them, Captain Abdullahi Tijani confirmed.
He further noted that the petitioner has not been attending monthly meetings and may have been ill-briefed.
He thus called on the PHCN officials to ignore the petitioner and go ahead with the job, noting that besides the transformer and poles, there is need to help the residents with aluminium conductors to complete the project.
Dr. Kuti also used the occasion to thank the Commissioner of the Ministry of the Environment and his Works and Infrastructure, for the ongoing projects in the estate.
â€” Yomi Adebisi