Residents of some communities in the Ilupeju area of Lagos State have been suffering total blackout since last month following the failure of two transformers.
Our correspondent gathered that power supply to the communities, including Oba Nle Aro, was disrupted after some noise emanated from a transformer, located on Coker Road junction, on February 20.
It was also gathered that engineers from Ikeja Electric, the distribution company servicing the area, said one of the transformers had been damaged beyond repairs, while the second could be repaired.
But the residents are worried that no information has been passed on to them by the Disco on when electricity supply would be restored to the affected areas.
One of the residents, Prince Henry Odukomaiya, a former Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief, Concord and Champion newspapers, told our correspondent on Wednesday that when the incident occurred, he sent his driver to the Ikeja Electric office in the area.
He stated, “They said they also heard the noise and that they didn’t know what had happened. I think three days later, I went there myself and they said they were examining the situation and that it would take maybe about 10 days for them to know precisely what had happened to the transformer.
“I went to them again two weeks after that noise. They said they had examined the transformer and that it had been irretrievably damaged, meaning that it has to be replaced. I asked what the matter was with the second transformer, and they said it was rectifiable. But they have not rectified it, and the one that is irretrievably damaged has not been replaced.”
The octogenarian complained that he had spent a lot of money to generate electricity since the communities were thrown into blackout.
Odukomaiya said, “The amount of petrol you burn when you want to generate power for yourself is an awful lot. So, I can only afford to generate electricity for myself from about 9pm till early in the morning; all day, nothing.
“We have been going there and they have not given me anything tangible on when they will replace the transformer, or if they will ever replace it. From the engineer on Coker Road, I went to his supervisor across Ikorodu Road, at Obanikoro. He said they were working on it.
“I said, ‘What of the second transformer?’ He said they were working on it. As I speak to you, I do not know what stage they are, and at least, I believe that is the minimum that we deserve to know. They are not telling us, the users what they are doing.”
The Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, Mr. Felix Ofulue, appealed to the residents to be patient with the company, saying, “We are aware of the situation; and we are working to resolve it as soon as possible.”
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