IBEDC Holds Community Forum with New Bussa Communities
A delegation from the company held a meeting with the New Bussa community on the 18th of October 2015 aimed at resolving lingering issues that have continued to exist between the IBEDC and the region. The meeting had in attendance all the stakeholders including the Waziri, community leaders, District Chiefs, the executives of various youth associations.
The major grievances of the community was that power supply to their area needed to be improved and that they believed their bills were not reflecting the amount of energy they consumed.
The Regional Technical Manager of Kwara Region, Engr. Ajisafe Bello started out by stating that the Company is investing over N21m to improve power supply to the community from the 15MVA Injection Substation under construction by the Mainstream GENCO in order to ameliorate their power challenges.
Engr. Sunday Oladele representing Mainstream Energy Solution (Kainji Generation Station) added that prior to the advent of privatization; power supply was more of a public service which was not commercialized which was one of the reasons why energy was relatively cheaper. Moreso, since August 2015, the Market Operator had mandated that IBEDC pay for the total energy supplied to them for New Bussa. Since New Bussa is yet to be part of the National Grid, every unit of energy that is collected must be fully paid for. In previous arrangements, only a payment of 26% of the energy collected was remitted to the Market Operator; the demand is now for 100%.
Head, Branding and Corporate Communication, Mrs Angela Olanrewaju made a presentation to the meeting on behalf of the management. She stated that IBEDC as a company is fully committed to investing in New Bussa in terms of power supply, but we need the people’s commitment and cooperation. She pointed out that the changes they wanted to see could not happen overnight and they should trust in the company’s efforts to make things better.
Mr Aliyu Usman Noma representing the youth President of New Bussa laid out a set of issues that they wanted to be addressed which the delegation noted and promised to look into. The Waziri of Borgu who represented the Emir rounded off by saying IBEDC must identify with the yearnings and aspirations of the people by making things work.