Residents of Royal Estate, Transformer bus stop at Onibuku, Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun state has kicked over their transformer which the officials of PHCN took away for repair purposes since 2013 and has since not been returned.
In a chat with the Community Development Association Chairman, Chief Olateju Sunday, he said that their transformer, which was donated by a philanthropist in the area had developed a minor fault sometimes in 2012 and officials of PHCN came in 2013 to repair it with the assurance that it will be returned or replaced on time.
“The day they came to evacuate the transformer, they approached some elders in the town and assured them that they will return our transformer in no distance time, but as we speak, we have not set our eyes on the transformer since 2013”.
Speaking on some of the efforts which the CDA had taken to ensure their transformer was returned, Chief Olateju said that they had written letters to the IBEDC office at Ota, their state office in Abeokuta and they had also escalated same to Ibadan where their head office is but all their efforts met brick walls.
“When they first took the transformer away and we didn’t hear anything from them, we went to their office at Joju, but we were redirected to Iyana-Iyesi. Upon getting there, we were made to understand that our transformer is a ‘by gone’ issue. It was thereafter we went to Abeokuta to meet the Head of Technical Department, who redirected us to Ota. While at Ota, the technical staff went with us to the site and it was discovered that cables and other equipment had been carted away by unknown vandals. Hence, further complication.
Thereafter, we wrote a letter dated 17th June, 2019 to the Managing Director of IBEDC in Oyo state which was received and acknowledged by him. The letter was written to appeal to him to replace our VEM 500KVA/33 transformer with serial number 45906 which was taken away since 2013″.
Chief Olateju lamented the continued darkness which the community has been propped into for almost a decade, bemoaning business activities which has been paralyzed as a result of total black out.
Due to the darkness in our community, a lot of criminal acts have been perpetrated and many properties have also been lost in the process owning to total darkness which has given room for criminals to build their hide outs.
Another resident of the community, Oseni Sikiru, in an interview with VOA News correspondent, described the situation as ‘worrisome’ in that he has lost a business to the lack of electricity supply in the area for a longer period of time.
“I am a factory owner, I manufacture pegs and my company was domiciled in the area before I was forced to move out because I could no longer afford diesel all the time. There are other residents who depended on the electricity supply for their means of livelihood and as I speak, a lot of them has quit the business. Some have even abandoned the area as a result”.
The Secretary of Royal Estate Community Development Association, Ajibode Ganiu told our correspondent that they got electricity supply from a transformer which was given to residents of American junction by Bishop David Oyedepo but it is about 10 kilometres away from them and the current they get from it is nothing to compare with the normal 240V as a result of overload. He lamented that despite this short supply, they are still made to pay a heavy fee monthly.
Speaking with our correspondent, IBEDC Technical Manager, Ota Business Unit, Mr. Ajose confirmed the evacuation of the transformer. He said it was evacuated during PHCN era and that they have made several efforts in replacing it but has not yielded any fruit. He however, assured that his office will keep sending reminders to the head office in ameliorating the pains of Royal Estate residents.