The new Manager, Akowonjo Business Unit, Ikeja Electric, Mr Lawrence Okoye, has assured residents of Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area of improved electricity supply to the area.

Okoye gave the assurance while addressing community leaders at the monthly Ayobo-Ipaja Community Development Committee (CDC) meeting held at the Council Secretariat, Igbogila on Friday, February 22.

“I want to assure us that when I was coming, I was given a mandate that whatever is the problem in terms of light in this area, that I should do everything possible to make sure that it is sorted out,” he disclosed.

Okoye said that since resumption of duties, he has embarked on active stakeholder engagement to identify the impediments to stable power supply in the area so as to resolve them.

“By the time we begin to implement some of the things, coupled with what I will hear from you today, within one year or thereabout there must be a serious positive change.”

He noted that this would make electricity consumers in Ayobo-Ipaja, which falls under his jurisdiction, happy.

In the same vein, Okoye disclosed that Ikeja Electric would engage in “massive metering” of its customers and Ayobo-Ipaja residents would be major beneficiaries of the prepaid metres.

“If you go to areas like Gowon Estate, Federal Housing Estate, Shagari Estate and others, all those places are metered and it’s not only here; it’s all over everywhere that Ikeja Electric is covering.

“They’ve taken some feeders and are metering them even without any payment.

“It’s going to still come here because we know that there are a lot of places that needed to be metered.

“We’ve taken record, it has been submitted and our management is processing it. Please bear with us.”

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However, the business manager lamented the recent spike in reported cases of harassment and assault on Ikeja Electric staff within the business unit, including Ayobo-Ipaja.

Okoye assured that the company remained committed to supplying stable electricity to the area but would not condone assault on its staff members that are only going about their lawful duties.

“There is no way that we can implement what we have planned when there is violence,” he explained.

He cited the example of an Ikorodu resident who used charms on an Ikeja Electric staff but later found out that the victim was his relative.

Furthermore, he cited the example of an Ayobo-Ipaja resident who assaulted an Ikeja Electric staff with a cutlass and had to run away from home alongside his parents.

“They are still being chased at that very Ayobo side,” he disclosed.

He implored the community leaders to prevail on residents of their communities to follow proper channels of reporting grievances against its staff and stop taking laws into their hands.