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IBEDC under-developing Ogun State – Rural communities

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The Coalition of Border Communities Development Associations in Ogun State has said activities of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company is hindering growth and development of many communities in the state.
The coalition in a communique after its end of the year meeting in Ota area, at the weekend, said more than 50 developing communities bordering Lagos will celebrate the festive season in darkness due to highardness and insensitivity of IBEDC.
The communique, signed by its Coalition Chairman, Samuel Ayo-Oloye, and Secretary General, Prince Adekola Adeseyi, said reports about electrifications of developing communities in Ogun State under IBEDC is shameful and gross violation of residents fundamental right of access to electricity.
The communities said deliberate refusal of IBEDC to distribute electricity to these growing communities is crippling economic development of Ogun State in general.
The group said thousands of families are being denied access to electricity, worsening their condition of living in those communities.
The communities said despite spending millions on electrification projects, IBEDC is in the habit of frustrating their communal efforts.
They said: “The coalition received serious complains from member Communities in Ota, Atan, Ijoko, Ilogbo among others.
“In Atan, more than 14 Communities including Ifelodun CDA, Ologode Village, Teachers Estate, Adekoyeni CDA are begin held in darkness due to IBEDC failure to either energize their transformer or give approval to connect to nearby High Tension.
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 “In Ota, two Communities along Itele road had been in darkness for over two years due to issues regarding to 33HTC high tension.
“A clear case is that of Peacland CDA who has completed all it’s internal electrifications, bought a 33HTC compliant transformer and is currently in darkness because IBEDC wanted it so.
“The said Community is about seven poles to the 33HTC but compromised IBEDC Officials are insisting on the community to connect to a 11HTC which is about 50 poles away.”
The group also slammed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission for not coming to the aid of the communities after receiving several complains and petitions from them.
They said: “NERC will admit that it has received over 500 petitions from Communities in Ogun state, it’s disheartening that these petitions never received good attention nor bought solution to plights of the communities.
“In most cases it worsens the relationship of the community and IBEDC, who always brag that NERC cannot order them to connect any community, it’s seems NERC is a toothless dog that only barks on paper.”
The group called on the Ogun State Government and House of Assembly to quickly intervene in the wave of darkness witnessed by several communities sharing boundaries with Lagos State.
The communities also called on all relevant Federal agencies and ministry to beam its light on IBEDC mundane activities nationwide.
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I will contest Lagos governorship election – Jimi Agbaje

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The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, on Wednesday, September 19, finally announced that he has an ambition to lead the state on the platform of the same party in 2019.

There had been speculations on whether Agbaje, who narrowly missed the chance to govern the state in 2015, would still seek election.

Agbaje reportedly told journalists in Lagos that he would seek election in the state in 2019.

“It is true that initially I did not want to re-contest, but I had so many people urging me to run,” he said.

Agbaje, the 2015 governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state, on Monday, September 3, urged the party to conduct free, fair and credible convention to avoid rancor ahead of the 2019 elections.

A statement by Fidelis Soriwei, a spokesperson of Seriake Dickson, quoted Agbaje as having stated this when he paid a condolence visit to the state governor, Seriake Dickson, in his Toru Orua country home.

The visit was to condole the governor over the death of his mother, Goldcoast Dickson, who died of lung cancer at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, Texas, in the United States at the age of 72.

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Lagos APC members protest James Faleke’s re-election bid

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Some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, on Monday staged a peaceful protest against the re-election bid of Rep. James Faleke.

Faleke, member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives is positioning himself for re-election in 2019 elections. He had in 2016 gone to contest the deputy governorship seat in Kogi, his state of origin.

The protesters, who chanted different solidarity songs against Faleke, a two-term member of the House of Representatives, said that he had not represented the constituency well.

They carried placards with inscriptions such as “Faleke, go back to Kogi, Ikeja say no to you”, “90 Shops in Kogi, Go back to your Kogi”.

Others read: “16 years of representing Ikeja with no constituency benefit”, “Dear Tinubu, the People of Ikeja, Ojodu, and Onigbongbo say no to Faleke” among others.

One of the leaders of the protesters, Solomon Johnson, said that there were so many capable and vibrant youths, men and women that could represent the constituency.

Johnson, a leader in Ikeja APC said that the protest was to tell the leadership of the party that the residents would not support the re-election of Faleke to the House of Representatives.

“He has been in power in the last 18 years and we feel he has done enough,” Johnson said.

According to him, since the lawmaker has gone to contest Kogi Deputy Governorship Election in 2016, the legislative seat should be given to another individual in the person of Mrs Toke Benson.

He urged Faleke to concentrate on strengthening APC in Kogi rather than seek re-election by transferring his voter register back to Lagos.

“It will be a slap on the people of Ikeja Federal Constituency if Faleke is forced on residents, we have able youths that can represent the constituency and we have found Mrs Toke Benson.

“Since the party is interested in promoting women participation, Toke Benson is qualified, she is a lawyer and well known. Enough of impunity. Give us Toke Benson and we will deliver Ikeja for APC,” Johnson said.

Another leader of the protesters, Hope James said, “The entire people of Ikeja want a change. The attention of Faleke has been in Kogi. Our people have not been benefiting from that office.”

James, one of the APC stalwarts from Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, alleged that the lawmaker had not been representing the constituency well.

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