Osh­iom­hole flays ar­bi­trary elec­tric­ity charges

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day with agency re­port

Edo State Gover­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole yes­ter­day crit­i­cised the ar­bi­trary en­ergy tar­iff and fixed charges by the Benin Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (BEDC).

Osh­iom­hole spoke in Benin at a tri­par­tite meet­ing be­tween the govern­ment, civil so­ci­ety groups and man­age­ment of BEDC.

He said that ir­re­spec­tive of who gen­er­ates tar­iff or dis­trib­utes en­ergy, the fixed tar­iff and es­ti­mated charges by the BEDC were ‘ir­re­spon­si­ble and ex­ploita­tive’ to con­sumers.

The gover­nor said that the essence of pri­vati­sa­tion was for an in­crease in en­tre­pre­neur­ial ef­fi­ciency.

He said: “You (BEDC) will re­call that the first day I for­mally re­ceived you in my of­fice, I made some fac­tual state­ments that the essence of pri­vati­sa­tion was the in­crease in en­tre­pre­neur­ial ef­fi­ciency.

“I think I also men­tioned that now that the federal govern­ment had hands-off NEPA or PHCN, it was in­cum­bent that you im­prove on your ser­vice de­liv­ery to con­sumers, fail­ure of which would spark re­volt.”

He urged the man­age­ment of BEDC to in­vite of­fi­cials of the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) to his of­fice within two weeks for fur­ther de­lib­er­a­tions just as he di­rected the Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany (Disco) to stop the dis­con­nec­tion of con­sumers in the in­terim.

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