Edo assembly summons BEDC over blackout

By 07:16 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 Comments

The Edo State House of assembly has summoned the

management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company

over the disconnection of Igarra community, Akoko Edo

Local Government Area, from the national grid.

It said the distribution company should appear before it on

July 21 to explain why it disconnected the community and

kept the residents in darkness.

The resolution, which was passed by the House on

Wednesday, followed a matter of urgent public importance

on the alleged oppressive and malicious shutdown of power

supply to the community and its environs, as raised by the

member representing Akoko-Edo II, Emmanuel Agbaje,

during plenary.

Residents of the community had protested the

disconnection which they claimed was due to their refusal

to allow officials of the BEDC to remove a 2.5 step down

transformer said to have been given to the community by

the council.

But the BEDC spokesperson had said the disconnection was

due to unpaid electricity bills by the community since

November, 2014, while the transformer was removed

because it was underused.

He said the community had been provided with a 7.5 MVA

transformer under the National Independent Power Project.However,

Agbaje, who moved the motion, said the

distribution company had removed the transformer

servicing the Igarra community and its environs without any

explanation, denying the residents power supply for over

one month.

“Mr. speaker, my community has been in darkness

following the removal of the transformer servicing the

community by BEDC without explanation.

“Even when I went there to find out the reason for their

action, I was not granted audience,” he said.

The Majority Leader, Foley Ogedengbe, while sympathising

with the affected community, described the situation as an

unfair treatment capable of grounding economic activities in

the area.

He added, “If they want to recover their property, you must

dialogue and explain to the community stating why the

transformer has to be removed,” he said.



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