Two Asaba Communities, BEDC Disagree Over Electricity Supply

By Dominic Okonta
TWO communities, Isieke and Umudaike in Asaba, Delta State capital and the authorities of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) are in disagreement following the refusal of BEDC to restore electricity to them after providing money for the repair of the vandalised transformer.
A press release signed on their behalf by Ogbueshi Ben Odiachi and made available to The POINTER Newspapers, the communities said that rather than using the money provided for them by a philanthropist after four months of darkness, the BEDC refused to restore the light until the communities collect the outstanding arrears of bills owed by some members of the communities.
The angered communities expressed sadness that after providing the fund for the repair of the vandalised transformer, BEDC officials refused to address their problem, saying that the lady in Edo State (name with held), who is in charge of Asaba zone, compelled them not to restore the light until the said arrears of bills are collected by the communities.
The affected communities in their protest said that the collection of electricity arrears or any such payment in the past was not the responsibility of communities but that of the BEDC.
As a result of the development, hoodlums and armed robbers are taking undue advantage to harass the communities, it said.
‘‘By this harsh condition reportedly foisted by the lady in Edo State on the two communities, virtually all their food items have gone bad for lack of electricity supply, and for how long this will linger, is difficult to imagine’’, it said.