BEDC frustrating power purchase deal for Edo state – Obaseki
The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on Thursday accused the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) of frustrating a power deal with Ossiomo Power and Infrastructure Company Limited, to supply electricity to government offices in the state capital.
Obaseki who disclosed this at the 4th National Council on Power event, holding in the state, decried the poor supply of electricity to the state, the company’s resolve not to supply pre-paid meters to electricity consumers and its culture of over-billing its clients.
According to the governor, BEDC in the last 12 months has been writing petitions against the deal sealed between Edo State Government and Ossiomo Power and Infrastructure Company Limited, for the purchase of five megawatts of electricity to light up government offices in Benin City, and stressed that the petitions have hindered the success of the purchase agreement.
He explained that no community in the state enjoys more than eight hours of electricity supply daily despite her status as the power hub of the country. He informed that BEDC has continued to deliver poor services to Edo people and maintained that evidence was abound of deliberate attempts on the part of BEDC not to sell or distribute meters to customers.