Residents of Aiyetoro Community, Zango-Kulende Quarters in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State, are crying out for help after suffering three years of blackouts caused by damaged transformers serving the community.
The densely populated community was plunged into darkness on October 20, 2020 after the then government-secured power transformer collapsed in 2009.
The transformer was also vandalized by unknown persons after the collapse.
DAILY POST results indicated that efforts to repair the faulty transformer in 2015 cost the community population around N1 million with inputs from Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, Babuku District, Ilorin.
In 2020, another attempt to repair the transformer was put on hold following a directive from the government that no individual or community should be responsible for transformer repair any longer because it is the responsibility of the IBEDC to do so.
The community then wrote the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, in September 2022, through IBEDC, which resulted in a meeting with regulatory body officials from the Abuja headquarters and Aiyetoro community leaders, though the meeting did not produce fruitful results.
Community leaders also wrote to the State Commissioner and Permanent Secretary of the Department of Energy, who promised to honor their request once the transformers were purchased by the state government.
Efforts made by our reporter to reach officials in the state Department of Energy and IBEDC, Babuku district in Ilorin on Friday proved unsuccessful.
Speaking on the issue, the President and Secretary of the Ayetoro Community, Olufemi Alagbe, and Samuel Olajiso Adiyo, respectively, said that the power outage paralyzed the social and economic activities of the residents in the area.
They said it also raised security concerns among residents as the community has been plunged into darkness over the past three years.
The only state junior/senior high school, Zango-Kulende, located within the community’s polling unit 033, Akanbi Ward (V), is also affected by the power outage since the science lab is not operational due to the power outage.
Private nurseries, primary and secondary institutions in the region were also affected.
The community leaders appreciated the efforts of the state government in providing social facilities to the communities in the past three and a half years and appealed to the district to take advantage of these initiatives.
Electricity problem aside, he said, there are no good roads in the entire community and other neighboring communities, which include Ajegunle/Agunbiade, Muyideen, Orilowo and others.
The Kwara community is crying out for help over three years of power outages