Residents of Omotosho in Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State have protested against the failure of the management of Omotosho power to provide electricity for them in the last twelve years.
Armed with placards with various inscriptions, the aggrieved protesters also took their protest to Weewood Industrial Limited over alleged marginalization and failure to pay royalties and compensation to them.
For people privileged to have a multibillion naira energy project, the Omotosho Power Plant in their domain, it is surprising to see them live in perpetual darkness.
This again forced them to march to the power plant to vent their anger.
Solidarity songs flew freely from their mouths, as they besieged the Omotosho gas processing and transportation company, Omotosho Power plant, Niger Delta Power Holding among others.
Leader of the protesters, Pastor Bankole Egbayelo said it is sad that residents of Omotosho are not benefiting from the power plants sited in their community.
“It is disheartening that the host Community does not have access to electricity. It is absurd, irrational and uncalled for.
“We have written letters to the National Assembly, up till now, nothing meaningful has come out of it.
“When the minster of power, Raji Fashola visited, he instructed the management of the company to give us electricity but we are still living in darkness.
“We are marginalized, we have graduates who are not being employed by the management of Omotosho power plant.
“We have graduates who can work in the company but our youths are not considered”
They therefore give government two weeks to address the issue.
“We are not lawless people, we are giving the government and the power plant management 14 days to fix our electricity. After the expiration, we will mobilize the entire town to the office of the Omotosho power plant”
They also took their protest to Weewood company and other industries in the area.
They accused the management of the company of marginalization and failure to pay royalties and compensation to the community.