By Ibrahim Umar
Former Oyo First Lady Aderonke Olunloyo was among protesters aggrieved by power cut and high metering (crazy bills) by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company. The protesters were residents of Felele area of Ibadan, in Nigeria’s South-West. Olunloyo reportedly accused the IBEDC of failing in its responsibility of supplying electricity to the area.
“The last time we had electricity was two months ago and it lasted for only a few minutes. When we complained, we were told that electricity would not be supplied to the area for six months.
“We also heard from a reliable source that electricity meant for the area was diverted to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway for companies on the expressway.
“There are more than 200,000 people in Felele, including artisans that depend on electricity for their work. With the absence of electricity and petrol, they have been idle. Don’t forget that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. We provided land for the electricity company to place its transformer, but we are not enjoying anything in return. I once paid N8,000 electricity bill without getting value for it,” she said. Aderonke Olunloyo’s husband was a governor in Nigeria’s second republic.