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HURMA Seeks Probe Of Shomolu Gen. Hospital Power Disconnection By IKDEC

A human right organization, the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) has called on the Lagos State government and management of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) to investigate and punish the IKEDC staff that were behind the disconnection of electricity supply to Shomolu General Hospital without prior or official notice.

The group made the call following a complaint signed by Comrade Hezekiah Aluko and Monsur Akinremi to it, saying that such act of could lead to lost of live if not checkmated.

Consequently, HURMA in a letter captioned "Poor Electricity Supply; Regular Disconnection And Unethical Habit Of IKEDC Staff To Somolu General Hospital: A Request For Urgent Call To Order", to the Managing Director of the electricity distribution company, which a copy was made available to 'thestreetreporters.com', is calling on the authority concerned to take urgent step at ensuring that such situation did not repeat itself.

Parts of the letter read: "Our office was recently notified by a group of concerned members of Shomolu Community on the regular habit of disconnection of electricity supply to Shomolu General Hospital and the risk of such habit on the entire communities that the hospital serves.

"A letter addressed to our office, signed by Comrade Hezekiah Aluko and Monsur Akinremi respectively, the latest incident took place on March 20, 2017.

"Our further investigation revealed that the hospital management was never officially notified, but simply overheard that disconnection was ongoing on the street. Despite the direct intervention of the Medical Director, Dr. Ishola F., who alongside other management staff pleaded that the hospital will clear some of the 'heavy bills' imposed on the hospital by the following day, the disconnection was done, living the Hospital in darkness for days.

"The above attitude of the IKEDC workers is however not in line with the NERC provision which states that: "It is the right of each customer to be notified in writing ahead of disconnection of electricity service, by the Electricity Distribution Company serving the customer in line with NERC guidelines".

In decrying the IKDEC Act, HURMA said " the Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) find the alleged habit of the PHCN staff as highly uncivilized. It is disheartening to
discover that by the time the disconnection was made, there were babies in Incubators at the hospital and as well as elderly ones on life support.

"We hereby for the purpose of democratic social justice and prevention of crisis that may possibly arise from such attitude, demand that the matter be promptly investigated and culprits sanctioned.

"We also demand that all other useful steps deemed necessary should be taken to ensure general peace, as members of the community are presently annoyed with the attitude, which was considered not only insult on the General Hospital Management, but also an embarrassment on the entire Shomolu Community".


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