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,
“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
“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
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