Residents of Arepo consisting of Journalists and other professionals, a settlement in the outskirt of Lagos State on Monday protested to the office of the Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (KEDC), Alausa, Ikeja, over five months of darkness and estimated bills in the Journalists Estate, Beachland Estate and other estates in the area.
As early as 7am the protesters blocked the entrance to IKEDC office brandishing placards. They called for the intervention of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Some of the placards read, ‘Fashola must Sack IKEDC’; ‘Arepo in total darkness’; ‘We say no to estimated billing without light’; ‘IKEDC is a fraud in journalist Estate’, Say No Billing without Light’, ‘Restore our Light’.
Speaking on behalf of the protesting residents, Chairman of the Journalists Estate Residents Development Association, Mr Nosiru Salau said the entire Arepo Community has been without light for months, adding that despite IKEDC’s gross inefficiency, they are fond of bringing over-estimated bills at the end of the month.
According to him: “Arepo and its environs have been without light for months. We bought a new transformer with our money but IKEDC refused to energise it because they insisted we have to bring some money for them to buy some accessories.