Six Month Blackout Forces Estate Residents To Fetch Stream Water

Residents of Yotomi Golden Estate along the Ofada-Owode Road, Mowe, Ogun State, say life has been made difficult by a six-month power outage in the area.

It learnt that since October, 2015, when the estate’s only transformer was vandalized by hoodlums, power had been cut off from the area, which also affected water supply and forced some residents to fetch water from a stream near the estate.

It was learnt that as a result of the ongoing fuel scarcity, residents who had generators had joined others to fetch water from the stream, while almost all the houses were presently in total darkness.

It was reported that the then IBEDC Owode Service Unit Manager, Kola Olanipekun, received a delegation from the estate which demanded improved power supply in the area.

It was gathered that a week after the meeting, the transformer supplying power to the estate was vandalized by unidentified persons, and the estate had been in total blackout since then.

It was learnt that the transformer was punctured, while its oil was drained.

It gathered that the estate executive thereafter wrote to the IBEDC to request a new transformer, after which they got a reply that the company would supply it soon.

In the reply letter dated, February 24, the IBEDC Regional Technical Manager, Akin Abiodun, said the estate’s request would be given adequate attention.

The letter read in part, “This is to acknowledge your letter, dated February 5, on the replacement of the vandalized transformer, and this is to inform you that your request is receiving adequate attention and the outcome would be communicated to you soonest.”

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