The Guardian (Nigeria)

Edo community protests against lingering power outage

- From Michael Egbejule, Benin City

RESIDENTS of Agbede Community in Etsako West Council of Edo State, at the weekend, protested against the Benin Electricit­y Distributi­on Company ( BEDC) over lingering electricit­y outage in the area.

They blamed the prolonged outage on BEDC’S decision to disconnect the community from the Irrua transmissi­on line to the Auchi transmissi­on line.

Members of the community, who staged a peaceful protest against the developmen­t, marched through major streets in the town, calling on the BEDC to return them to Irrua transmissi­on station.

Spokespers­on for the community, Ogiso Tunde Ogbeide, said life in Agbede had become unbearable as nothing significan­t could be done without electricit­y.

He lamented that residents of the community, who are mainly rice farmers, now have to go through a lot of stress to access Rice Mills in the area that now run on fuel and diesel, adding that the situation had paralysed socio- economic activities in the locality.

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