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Sack Osibodu - BEDC EDO PLunges Benin City into Darkness as State Government Warns Power Company

Post# A132 · GRA Upper Adesuwa , BENIN CITY, Edo state

Power: BEDC Laments Disruption, Instability from National GRID

as 4th National Council on Power commences in Benin City The Edo State Government has frowned at the poor supply of electricity by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to residents of the state. From left: Delta State Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Newworld Safugha, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), Mrs. Funke Osibodu; Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and BEDC, Board member Mrs. Millicent Ossai, during the commissioning ceremony of Asaba Mains 2x15MVA Injection substation held in Asaba, Delta State Representative of Governor Godwin Obaseki and Commissioner for Energy and Water Resources, Hon. Yekini Idaiye, made the government’s position known while declaring open the 4th National Council on Power (NACOP) themed: “Increasing Access to Electricity Through Improved Power Infrastructure,” held at the Government House, in Benin City, Edo State. He said the daily average supply of electricity put at eight hours, was less than 20 percent of the estimated consumer population of 1.2 million who have post and pre-paid meters. The commissioner said that majority of the consumers are groaning under the estimated billing system with its attendant high corporate fraud on the part of BEDC, noting, “BEDC since inception has not added any value to the Infrastructure it inherited which explains the poor and deteriorated state of the power infrastructure in this part of the country.” He explained that the special technical committee constituted by Edo State Government to undertake a comprehensive audit of the power infrastructure in the state revealed the poor state of the infrastructure. According to Idiaye, BEDC personnel on the field are unprofessional in their conduct and openly engage the services of military personnel to intimidate and brutalise customers, noting, “This programme is coming at the right time as people in the state want improved access to power supply. “Nigerians want to have improved access to power supply and industries want to have electricity to scale up production.” The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, urged the federal government to make electricity more accessible to the people as it will enhance the growth of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), create employment opportunities, and boost economy activities.” The Commandant who was represented by the Assistant Commandant General in charge of Protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, Jonathan Iyogho, urged government to increase access to pre-paid meters as it will ensure payment for what is consumed and save energy due to controlled usage. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) national grid has been highly unstable with over 2,000 outages and interruptions recorded in BEDC Electricity Plc’s (BEDC) network coverage area of Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo, causing affected customers dissatisfactions. The Managing Director/CEO of BEDC, Mrs Funke Osibodu disclosed this during a media parley organised in Benin, Edo State, according to a statement from the power distribution firm.

However, she said notwithstanding the supply interruptions, the company was able to record several improvement initiatives, which impacted positively on power availability to customers in all the four states within its franchise area. She noted that recent information from National Bureau Office of statistics stated that BEDC had the highest number of meters amongst all the 11 electricity distribution companies.

Commenting on how the firm had been of service to its esteemed customers, the BEDC boss said, “In Delta State, we restored electricity supply to over 54 Communities including Ibusa, Ogwashi-Uku, Ubulu-Uku, Isselu-Uku (on-going), Ogunu, Otor-Udu, Emadaja, Iwhrekekan, Mosogar, Onyobru Water Side Community. “In addition, in order to enhance security, various streetlight projects were commissioned that are providing 24 hours supply covering over 20 km in Asaba across major urban roads such as Mariam Babangida way, Ibusa to Koka Junction, Illa road to DELSU Anwai Campus, Government Core Area, Interbua, Ezenei Road, Nnebisi-Dennis Osadebe Road to Abraka, Okpanam Road and locations in Effurun area – Jakpa Road, Airport Road, NPA Expressway, DSC Round, Sokoh Estate road, Refinery Road, PTI road.

“In Edo State, power supply has also improved from two hours in 2013, to 6-10 hours for locations with severe infrastructure limitations such as Okada, Oluku, part of Sokponba, Evbuotubu, Oliha and Siluko, all in Benin, there has been improvement from 6hours to 12-15hours for locations with more improved infrastructure including Auchi, Edo North, GRA, Ugbowo, Okhoro and New Benin.”

Besides, she added that while, “there is 18 – 24hours power for commercial customers on dedicated lines involving 23 hotels, several banks, eateries, shopping mall and government establishments including central hospital, Edo State House of Assembly Complex, High Courts, Government House.” Additionally, the BEDC CEO stated that 14 street light projects within Benin now enjoy 24 hours power availability with some of the locations being Kings Square, Museum Street (Ring Road), Airport Road, Sapele Road, Oba Market Road (Ebo), Sokponba Road by Omoruyi Junction, Ekpenede Street by Bob Izua, Ihenya Street (off New Lagos Road), Evbomwan Street (by Best Western).

In Ondo state, BEDC she said, improved on special projects for commercial and industrial customers, stressing that most of the educational and health institutions, banks in the state were now enjoying over 18hours of electricity supply. “Customers on the Ogese main line, Ayeyemi, Christland and Sacred Heart communities in addition to Ikoshin, Igbado, Dagbe, Ajuie, Omifon, Odigbo now also have supply of between 16 hours to 23 hrs. In addition, there is improved supply to Oke-Igbo, Ile Oluji, Odojumu, College, Palace, Oke Aro, Ore and Igbara Oke from 3 hrs at take over to minimum of 6-10 hrs. Supply to other communities such as Owena, Ilara Mokin, Ogotun, Igbara Oke has also improved,” she added. “In Ado Ekiti, Oriapata, Adebandele supply availability has improved from a minimum of 3-5hours to 9hours, with communities such as Otun- Ekiti, Iro- Ekiti, Ira- Ekiti, osan and Osun- Ekiti having a minimum of 18-20hours supply.” Previous article A’Ibom Targets 2,000 Public Schools for Renovation Next article Jaiz Bank to Disburse $20m ICD Facility to SMEs RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nigeria Newly Registered Youth Party Vows to Expand Nigeria’s Democratic Space Nigeria Saraki’s Media Aide Calls for Release of Detained Journalist Nigeria Contempt: Court Adjourns INEC Chairman’s Trial Indefinitely -Advertisement- 922,393FollowersFollow Latest News UMD, PEPFAR, CDC Launch Data Centre for HIV/AIDS Monitoring August 16, 2018 4:27 pm Dasilva-Ibru: Survivors of Sexual Abuse Should Speak up and Seek Help August 16, 2018 4:20 pm Snatched from the Jaws of Death August 16, 2018 4:11 pm Newly Registered Youth Party Vows to Expand Nigeria’s Democratic Space August 16, 2018 3:55 pm Saraki’s Media Aide Calls for Release of Detained Journalist August 16, 2018 3:43 pm Contempt: Court Adjourns INEC Chairman’s Trial Indefinitely August 16, 2018 3:41 pm DSS Appoints Substantive Spokesman August 16, 2018 3:33 pm THISDAY Today (Download) -Partners- MOST POPULAR Breaking Lagos Ranked World’s Third Worst City to Live In Online Editor - August 14, 2018 6:19 pm 0 Obinna Chima Lagos State has been ranked the third worst city for humans to live in the world. according to the latest 2018 Global Liveability... Presidency Clarifies Daura’s Status, Says He’s Being Debriefed, Not Detained August 16, 2018 5:18 am Mahmood Yakubu 2019 Election: INEC Disagrees with Buhari on Funding August 15, 2018 8:10 pm US Embassy Suspends Visa, Consular Services in Abuja August 15, 2018 6:14 pm Lagos Ranked World’s Third Worst City to Live in August 15, 2018 3:59 am You Are too Old to Govern Nigeria, Tambuwal Tells Buhari August 16, 2018 4:48 am Saraki: It’s Sad the Kind of Leaders APC Has August 15, 2018 9:58 am - Advertisement - LATEST UMD, PEPFAR, CDC Launch Data Centre for HIV/AIDS Monitoring August 16, 2018 4:27 pm Dasilva-Ibru: Survivors of Sexual Abuse Should Speak up and Seek Help August 16, 2018 4:20 pm Snatched from the Jaws of Death August 16, 2018 4:11 pm Newly Registered Youth Party Vows to Expand Nigeria’s Democratic Space August 16, 2018 3:55 pm Saraki’s Media Aide Calls for Release of Detained Journalist August 16, 2018 3:43 pm IN THE LAST WEEK Osun Approves Free Train for Sallah Holiday Online Editor - August 16, 2018 3:48 am 0 Newly Registered Youth Party Vows to Expand Nigeria’s Democratic Space August 16, 2018 3:55 pm Notore: A Future Stock August 15, 2018 2:51 am Shettima, Masari Assure Corps Members of Adequate Security August 14, 2018 2:14 am THISDAYLive ABOUT US Founded on January 22, 1995, THISDAY is published by THISDAY NEWSPAPERS LTD., 35 Creek Road Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria with offices in 36 states of Nigeria , the Federal Capital Territory and around the world. It is Nigeria's most authoritative news media available on all platforms for the political, business, professional and diplomatic elite and broader middle classes while serving as the meeting point of new ideas, culture and technology for the aspirationals and millennials. The newspaper is a public trust dedicated to the pursuit of truth and reason covering a range of issues from breaking news to politics, business, the markets, the arts, sports and community to the crossroads of people and society.

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