The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has directed the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC to restore electricity in every nook and cranny of Ilesa and its environs without further delay.
Aregbesola who described electricity as an essential amenity in the society said, the role of power in promoting socio-economic activities in the society can never be waved away.
Governor Aregbesola stated this while playing a host on the management team of IBEDC who was on a peace mission to his office, at Government Secretariat, Osogbo.
Aregbesola expressed displeasure over the misunderstanding which eventually led to the total disconnection of power supply to the ancient town and its environs.
Governor Aregbesola who described Osun as a land of virtue, expressed disappointment on the report that some officials of the company were allegedly beaten up in the course of exercising their duties.
The Governor said it is regrettable that some people believe the only way to express their feelings and as well resolve matters on electricity is to resolve to fight and desecrate the IBEDC authority, which he said was against the social conduct.
Governor Aregbesola condemned in its entirety the way and manner at which some officials of the electricity company were reportedly maltreated in the town while performing their legal duties.
He said” this act must be condemned anywhere in the country because it is illogical, unreasonable and uncultured for anyone in his or her interest to resolve to fight with officials of electricity company.
“We are in a state that preaches “Omoluabi ethos” and as a matter of fact, our administration would not for any reason tolerate any act of indiscipline.
“We shall continue to portray our state in good light, just as we are determined to maintain law and order.
Governor Aregbesola lamented over what he regarded as mere loggerheads which could have been peacefully resolved in time past, just as he directed the authority of the company to jettison its grievances in the interest of peace.
Governor Aregbesola who described the traditional rulers as symbols and mirrors of the society, however called on the monarchs to always intervene in any anomaly and as well continuously foster love, unity, peace and tranquility.
He therefore implored the traditional rulers, stakeholders and the general public to support the government in strengthening peaceful co-existence between and among the people in the state.
Earlier, the Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mr. John Donnachie commended Governor Aregbesola for his prompt intervention, promising to deploy his men on immediate re-connection of the electricity in the town and its environs.
Mr. Donnachie ,who condemned the action purportedly taken by the residents of the town, said the company would not tolerate any form of gross indiscipline; assault and molestation from any member of the public irrespective of such person’s position or rank in the society.
He therefore urged people in the country to continuously cooperate with the company just as he promised better services.