By: Ade Adeleke
Youths and some electricity consumers at Ibulesoro community in Ifedore local government area of Ondo State have staged a peaceful protest against what they described as alleged extortion by Officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC.
The youths took their protest to the community’s palace where the monarch addressed them.
The irate youths who carried various placards on major roads at the community, expressed grievances over outrageous billing by BEDC.
Addressing the protesters, the regent, Princess Moyinoluwa Falowo expressed dismay over the BEDC officials’ indiscriminately charged every house between #3000 and #5000.
According to her, many of the houses being charged have no electricity bills or any document showing evidence of payment.
Princess Falowo said “my people are not happy. An item was stolen from the community transformer and we have blackout for days. Aside that, the amount we pay for electricity is very high and outrageous.
“The funniest thing is that most of the houses paying this outrageous fee don’t have electricity bill. They just come according to their moods, they ask for minimum of between #3000 and #5000 from every house. They (BEDC) threatened my people of disconnection if they fail to pay. So People have no confidence in the system”.
The Regent said, “My People are clamouring for prepaid meters because that is the only thing that will give us confidence in the system. We need prepaid meters and pending the time when the prepaid meters will be maid available ,we want every house in ibule community to have bills”.
“For those houses that have meters, the amounts they pay should be the same with the amount of Watts used on the meters. We want government to intervene. People just pay electricity bills without confidence”, she said.
Princess Falowo also called on the BEDC to urgently fix the cables allegedly stolen by unknown robbers as ibule community had been in darkness.
Ondo Regent Decries Poor infrastructure
The Regent of Ibulesoro kingdom in Ifedore local government area of Ondo state, Princess Moyinoluwa Falowo has appealed to the Ondo state government to extend the ongoing roads construction and rehabilitation to her community.
The regent who solicited for the assistance of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to help them fix the Ibule to Aule road said that fixing the road would bring more developmental things to the community.
She made the appeal on Monday while speaking with journalists in Ibulesoro at the palace of Olubule of Ibulesoro said, the community will be very grateful if the state government could rehabilitate the said road.
Princess Falowo who was installed as regent on 11th April, 2019 after the demise of her late father, slap lamented the travails facing them especially during the rainy season, as a result of the poor condition of the roads.
Her words, “If government can help us to tar the road it would bring more developmental things to our community, people will come and build houses, it would be easy for our farmers to transport their crops from farm to the community, and also serve as alternative route to FUTA north gate for travellers.
“Also, we need bank there is no bank in the whole entire Ibulesoro community my father has taken steps on all these before his demise. But I’m appealing to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on behalf of the community to help us fit the road.
“Also, our secondary school, Jooro high school needs renovation, the entire building needs renovation.
“Government should also extend the ongoing ‘Kamomi Aketi’ project to the new area in the community”.
The regent also commended the state government for rehabilitating deplorable roads across the 18 local government areas in the state.
Princess Falowo however solicited for the maximum cooperation of Ibulesoro people in order to hand over successful to the next king.
She also advised youths in the state to be more serious of their lives which would help them to be responsible in life.