BEDC Told To Stop Excuses Over Poor Power Supply

BY ANDY AKENI
ANGERED by the poor power supply in Asaba and its environs, participants at a customers’ town hall meeting on power supply have asked management of NIPP handling the Asaba step down substation and Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to stop excuses and stories and offer better services to the people.
The participants, comprising of leaders from different towns and villages and electricity consumers in the Asaba Business District, made the request yesterday during a town hall meeting put together by authorities of BEDC, held at Nelrose Hotel, Asaba.
According to Hon Chuks Oseme, Chairman of Aniocha North, Sir Emma Okafor from Ogwashi Uku, Ogbueshi Peter Eso-Ayanya from Asaba and others from Ibusa, Illah, Issele-Uku among others, made it categorically clear that it is time for BEDC management to embrace change and offer better services to its customers in the district.
In their different speeches, the speakers urged BEDC to device better ways and settle issues with the authorities of the NIPP so that power can be supplied to the area from the Asaba substation on Ibusa road.
In their statements before the management of BEDC, they said, “we are fed up of excuses, we demand concrete steps towards better power supply in the district, others also complained of over billing and illegal disconnection even when bills have been paid.
We are paying for the services and therefore, we demand better services for what we are paying for, so we ask for improved services, they pointed out.
However, answering questions from the participants, the Asaba Business Manager, Engr. Adekola Ojo Abiodun, assured them that BEDC is undergoing transformation aimed at improving services to the people.
He said it is not the fault of BEDC that is stopping the commissioning of the Asaba Substation on Ibusa road and that all is been done to commence power supply from the station. Engr. Abiodun also advanced reasons why there is load-sharing, adding that the megawatt from Onitsha is always inadequate, hence power management among consumers in the distirct.
The BEDC District manager said the meeting was put together to offer platform for BEDC management and its customers to exchange ideas, articulate problems and offer solutions on how to serve the people better. While apologising for alleged misconducts of some staff in the course of their duty, Engr. Abiodun, promised on behalf of his company to improve power supply in the districts.