Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has pledged to address the nine-month power outage in Ifaki-Ekiti following its disconnection by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.
Addressing protesting youths of the town on Monday, the governor promised to pay N5 million of the N57 million the people were said to owe the company.
He also promised to install a transformer in the town to boost power distribution in the community after reconnection.
He said: “I will provide solution immediately, but I need your cooperation.
“Don’t vandalise or destroy any property.
“I am not a leader who is insensitive to your plight.
“I will get to the root of the matter and provide solution.”
The governor urged the irate youths to allow BEDC officials to return to work and restore electricity to the town.
Fayose said: “The BEDC said you attacked its officials and that was why they abandoned the town.
“Now that you have protested and we are about to settle the matter, I appeal that you allow them to return to work.”
Fayose said he would set up a committee that would work out modality for payment of outstanding electricity bill.
“You cannot be using electricity free, you have to pay for it,” the governor said.
In his remarks, the Public Relations Officer of BEDC, Kayode Brown, said the company disconnected electricity because consumers in the town were owing the company N57 million.
Brown said the company opted for disconnection because unidentified residents consistently vandalised transformers in the town and carried out series of attack on its officials.
The protesters, who were mainly youths, blocked Ifaki-Oye Junction for the greater part of the day and threatened to attack any BEDC official sighted in the town.
The protesters said the blackout in the town had crippled commercial activities and posed serious socio-economic threat to residents.