Protesters Block Lagos Assembly

Scores of residents marched on the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday.

They blocked the two entrances for hours.

The protesters carried lanterns and placards to protest against the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC).

Under the auspices of Youth Alliance for better Nigeria, they lamented that every month they pay huge electricity bills when they hardly ever get power supply.

Some of the placards read: “Outrageous bill, oppressive conduct of staff”; “Fashola save Nigerians from darkness”; “Enough exploitation of 10 streets on a transformer” ; “We need prepaid metres”; “Frustration of government effort to provide employment by not improving the epileptic power supply”; “IKEDC should stop substandard prepaid metres “and “If you cannot serve us, you should not exploit us”.

The protesters were angry that no lawmaker came to address them.

They blocked the road leading to the Governor’s Office.

The protesters lamented that some areas in Alimosho have not had power supply for months.

Their leader, Moruf Adegoke Niniola, said this was not the first time of protesting against IKEDC.

According to him, a delegation had met with the government, which set up a committee.

He, however, said some top management staff of IKEDC frustrated the move for an amicable solution.

“As I am talking to you, the committee is not sitting anymore.

“The last sitting was on  October 2. Abule-Odu in Alimosho has not had power supply in more than three months.

“The IKEDC supplied pre-paid metres to customers but they have not been working.

“The company has resorted to coded billing system or what you call estimated billing,” he said.

Addressing the protesters after yesterday’s sitting, the Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, who spoke on behalf of the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, told the protesters that the struggle was a genuine move to ameliorate the plight of Nigerians.

Advising the protesters to make the fight a collective one, Agunbiade said: “The struggle is not meant for those who are here alone, it is a struggle for everybody.

“I do not want you to isolate your struggle. The moment some people in the struggle negate the belief, you can’t achieve the purpose.”



Source: The Nation Nigeria

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