In an efforts to avert the breakdown of law and order in Lagos Island over rampant electricity outages and increases in bills, the Community Development Committee (CDC) on the Island and Eko Power Distribution Company (EKDC) have resolved that residents should pay part of their bills and submit the photocopies to the firm’s head office at Marina for adjustment.
Addressing the residents after a meeting held over the lingering faceoff between the residents and the Eko Distribution Company in respect of the electricity outage and exorbitant bills, the CDC chairman, Alhaji Abdulmalik Buari appealed to the consumers to pay reasonable parts of the bills, as a first step towards dialogue and resolving the issues in contention.
Prince Adamson Idowu, secretary of the association who spoke on behalf of the CDC explained that they resolved that consumers pay at least 40 per cent of their bill and submit a photocopy to CDA chairman in his area for onward submission to EKDC head office at Marina for adjustment.
He implored the residents to abide with resolution and desist from idea of attacking officials of Electricity Company.
It will be recalled that the CDC had recently waded and averted what could have been a bloody clash between EKDC officials and residents of Lagos Island over epileptic power supply.
The CDC which consists of all Chairmen and Secretaries of Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Lagos Island had intervened by persuading the aggrieved residents not to inflict any bodily harm on the electricity officials.
The residents had resolved to attack any electricity company official that came to the area to either distribute bills or to disconnect any customer.
The CDA chairmen however convened an emergency meeting of CDC members and later went to appeal to the residents to remain calm and allow them to intervene and resolve the matter amicably.