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Oyetola intervenes in IBEDC, Ijesa Community face-off

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There is hope that electricity will be restored in Ilesha town, Osun State, following the intervention of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, in the face-off between Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and the community.

Youths from the community went on the rampage last month, destroying some equipment belonging to IBEDC while protesting against protracted power outage in the community.

There had been a disagreement between the community and IBDEC over billing.

IBEDC said the equipment destroyed by the youths would require a huge sum to fix.

The governor, however, held a peace meeting on Wednesday with officials of IBEDC, traditional rulers in Ijesaland, led by the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran; and the Elegboro of Ijebu Jesa, Oba Moses Agunsoye.

The meeting was also attended by the leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr Timothy Owoeye; and Mr Lawrence Ayeni, who won in the last elections to represent the constituency at the House of Representatives.

IBEDC officials in attendance included Regional Head, Osun IBEDC, Mr Akin Ogunleye; Regional Technical Manager, Osun IBEDC, Akin Abiodun, and Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Chief Sunday Oduntan.

Speaking after the meeting, Oduntan said its outcome would lead to restoration of power in Ijeshaland.

“This meeting is fantastic because we were able to have two major individuals – the Executive Governor of the state and the paramount ruler of Ijeshaland.

“The two eminent personalities have spoken with us on the issue, and we have given them the facts and figures as regards what had happened.

“We have agreed to do the necessary things that can facilitate quick restoration of power to the affected areas.

“We have requested the governor to allow us to go back to the management of the IBEDC and convey his strong message of empathy and appeal to the appropriate authorities.”

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