Osh­iom­hole protests ex­tor­tion of elec­tric­ity con­sumers in Edo

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vin­cent Egun­yanga, Benin

Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole of Edo State has protested the N750 monthly fixed charge col­lected by the Benin Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (BEDC) from its cus­tomers in the state, say­ing it amounts to ex­tor­tion and ex­ploita­tion.

The gover­nor, who held a meet­ing with the man­age­ment team of BEDC, led by Mrs Funke Osi­bodu, the Benin Fo­rum, led by Chief David Ede­biri and the Civil So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions in the state, yes­ter­day said fixed charges and es­ti­mated tar­iff by the elec­tric­ity com­pany were not only ir­re­spon­si­ble, but crude and crim­i­nal.

While re­call­ing the first meet­ing with the man­age­ment of BEDC, Osh­iom­hole said: “Madam, you will re­call the day I first for­mally re­ceived you in my of­fice. I made some fac­tual state­ments that the essence of pri­vati­sa­tion is in­crease in en­tre­pre­neur­ial ef­fi­ciency. I think I men­tioned it that now that the federal govern­ment has handed over NEPA or PHCN, it is in­cum­bent that you im­prove on your ser­vice de­liv­ery to con­sumers in or­der to have con­fi­dence in your or­ga­ni­za­tion. Fail­ure to do that will spark off a re­volt from con­sumers. As some­one elected to rep­re­sent the in­ter­est of the en­tire Edo people, I can­not be silent to this type of ex­ploita­tion by one com­pany. From what I have gath­ered from the var­i­ous speak­ers, it is cer­tain that what is hap­pen­ing in Edo does not hap­pen in other states”.

Gover­nor Osh­iom­hole how­ever urged the man­age­ment of Benin Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany to in­vite of­fi­cials of Na­tional Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion to his of­fice within a spec­i­fied time to fur­ther de­lib­er­ate on the mat­ter while di­rect­ing the BEDC to dis­con­tinue their pur­ported dis­con­nec­tion ex­er­cise.

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