Blackout imminent in Southwest, Kwara, Kogi as IBEDC threatens disconnection from national grid over unpaid bills
By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin
The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution company (IBEDC) on Wednesday alerted electricity consumers within its franchise area to expect an imminent blackout from next month due to backlog of unpaid bills.
The company said it plans to disconnect its feeders from the national grid from June, due to poor remittances.
Consumers to be affected by the situation include those in Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Kwara, part of Kogi, Ekiti and Niger states.
A statement signed by the MD/CEO of the company, Mr. Kingsley Achife and made available to newsmen in Ilorin said this disconnection may result in power outages to customers within the IBEDC franchise area.
“As a revenue collection arm of the electricity value chain, IBEDC sells and distributes electricity generated by the generation companies.
“However, the company is unable to meet its financial obligations to the electricity value chain due to poor payment and huge outstanding bills by customers.
“We urge our customers to note that failure to pay current and outstanding electricity bills may result in disruption of power to homes, communities, and businesses connected to our network,” Achife said.