Monday, March 7, 2016

UPDATED: Ogun communities protest lack of power, social amenities

Sodiq Adelakun and Samson Folarin

Residents of Ibafo and Magboro and other communities in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun state are protesting the lack of power supply and social amenities.

The protesters who stormed THE PUNCH office on Monday at about 7am to express their grievances, also blocked the Lagos-Ibadan expressway causing heavy traffic gridlock.

The group sang solidarity songs as they urged the government to intervene in their plight before the rainy season.

They lamented that for the past 10 years they had not been having power.

The leader of the group, Funsho Olawepo, said the protest would take a drastic turn if nothing was done in the next seven days.

He said, “The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has been dribbling us for the past 10 years and giving all kinds of excuses.

“But we are here to say enough is enough. We have become a government to ourselves. We provide our own school, hospital, road, drainage, and even police station. We bought our own transformers, cables and poles and we have spent more than N400m and all we have been asking them to do is to give us power and they have refused.

“We have written the federal, state and local government without getting any response. We recently wrote to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and he did not do anything.

“If in the next seven days nothing is done, we cannot predict what will happen next.”

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