Benin – Edo State government on Wednesday disclosed that over 195 communities in the State have never experienced electricity supply while 128 others have issues of broken down infrastructure that requires rehabilitation.
The State Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu, disclosed this in Benin during the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee, South-South Interactive Session with electricity consumers in the Edo State capital.
Shaibu, who was represented the Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kingsley Ehigiamusor, said that the interim report from a Special Committee set up by the government to carry out a comprehensive status in the State, revealed that 55 communities were under disconnection by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company
(BEDC) because they were owing, said 219 transformers were required to replaced broken down ones.
While noting that no community enjoys electricity supply for more than eight by electricity consumers in the State stood at N6, 470,543.98.
He said, “This interactive session is very germane and most timely considering the huge outcry by electricity consumers all over the country particularly in Edo State. Edo State has witnessed numerous protests by communities and civil society organizations calling
attention to BEDC’s inability to satisfy their yearnings and aspirations.
“The complaints include but not limited to few hours of services per day , e.g. maximum of eight hours per day in most places; poor meter services, no pre-paid meters, over billings arising from estimated billing system, aged or over loaded transformers, non replacement of faulty transformers for upward of 15 months in most areas among
He said that the Committee however recommended that BEDC should provide pre-paid meters for electricity consumers, BEDC should improve its response to consumer’s complaints, it should replace all faulty transformers in the state that communities should set up electricity committees to handle all electricity matters and wave all pre-legacy
debts before privatisation” Responding to most of the questions raised by electricity consumers, the Executive Director (Commercial) of the (BEDEC), Mr. Abu Ejoor, said that the problem of overbilling, estimated billing and indebtedness by consumers has been in the front burner and were being addressed by the company.
He agreed that it was the duty of Discos to replace faulty transformers, but however added that where there were huge debts, the consumers must pay some payments before the transformer could be replaced.
“You must be a paying customer and must pay certain amount of money before faulty transformers could be replaced,” he said.
On payment of money without being with a receipt, he warned consumers against the antics of sacked staff of BEDC that goes about exhorting consumers and directed to pay money to designated banks and its offices.
However, most of the consumers who spoke, said that the privatization of the electricity sector of the accompany was a liability instead being an asset to the company and warned against renewing their licenses when they expired in October this year.
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Author: Francis Onoiribholo