The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc claims that the Oyo State Government has illegally cordoned off its offices following the disconnection of the power supply to the Secretary of State which also houses the Governor’s office.
The electricity company said the state owed it N450 million and that it had disconnected supply from the Secretary of State due to its default, but the company said the state , through its officials, had retaliated by sealing its offices for certain artificial debts.
This was contained in a statement signed by Chief Operating Officer, John Ayodele, on Wednesday and made available to our correspondent by IBEDC’s Media Relations Manager, Busolami Tunwase.
The company said the state government claimed IBEDC owed income bills and personal income, hence the action, but Ayodele said the claim was quite suspicious.
Ayodele explained that the company, as part of efforts to obtain payment of arrears, initiated several engagements through correspondence and physical meetings, but all these efforts did not yield any positive results.
The statement reads: “The management of IBEDC hereby informs its esteemed clients of the retaliatory and unlawful actions of the Oyo State Government on the matter of its huge indebtedness.
“On Wednesday, February 9, 2022, the Oyo State Government began sealing our in-state offices for suddenly artificial debts labeled revenue bills and personal income without proper notification.
“This question of income bills and personal income that arises now is quite suspicious.
“The Oyo State Government owes IBEDC an exceptional consumption of N450 million over a three-year period.
“No business in this country can operate successfully with such a huge outstanding amount, the electricity we distribute to customers must be accounted for and paid for, we have no choice but to disconnect the State Secretariat from Oyo , so it is disturbing to see that the government has cordoned off our offices with this underhanded and twisted tactic, instead of paying the debt owed.
“This was not done in good faith and would have a detrimental effect on the business and service delivery to our customers.”
Ayodele called on the state governor, Seyi Makinde, to look into the matter for the benefit of all concerned as it would further aggravate power issues and pressure on residents and business activities within the state.
He said the IBEDC engages in essential services to the public, and the effect of this arm-twisting tactic can best be imagined if not quickly stopped.
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