Osun govt intervenes in community, IBEDC feud

The Osun State Government has intervened in the ongoing crisis between the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) and some communities in Osogbo, calling for an urgent stakeholders’ meeting on the disconnection of parts of the state capital from power supply.

A statement by Spokesperson to OsunState Governor, Mallam Olawale Rasheed stated, “The State Government hereby calls on the two parties to consider an alternative dispute resolution method, as the blackout might also lead to increase in insecurity among the affected communities and shutdown of business activities.”

The statement added, “Such blackouts might also have a negative impact on the upcoming celebration of Eid El Kabir.

“The IBEDC is encouraged to reconnect the communities to power supply while an immediate solution is found to the question of huge debt owed by the affected communities.”

The government expressed its concern “about the likely breakdown of law and order, as there are pockets of protests from the affected communities. Immediate resolution of the issue will put an end to the ongoing¬† protests. We cannot afford to allow such protests to be hijacked by unscrupulous elements in pursuance of their nefarious activities.”

It assured, “We are committed to brokering a peaceful negotiation between the Management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, and the Stakeholders from the affected communities.”

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