BEDC, law­maker meet over black­out in Ondo com­mu­ni­ties

The Punch - - ENERGY - Peter Dada, Akure

THe Sen­a­tor rep­re­sent­ing Ondo South Sen­a­to­rial District, Nicholas To­fowomo, and the man­age­ment of the Benin elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany have met to find ways to re­solve the per­sis­tent black­out in some com­mu­ni­ties in the district.

Hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ties have been with­out elec­tric­ity for the past 10 years in the district. This has af­fected so­cial and eco­nomic life of the towns and vil­lages in the sen­a­to­rial district.

Ac­cord­ing to the me­dia

aide to To­fowomo, Mr Olu­mide Ak­in­rin­lola, var­i­ous is­sues both­er­ing on the power sup­ply to the com­mu­ni­ties, as well as me­ter­ing were dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

He said it was re­solved at the meet­ing that the BEDC should meet with Li­cence elec­tri­cal Con­trac­tor of Nige­ria for cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of me­ter in­stal­la­tion to avoid elec­tri­cal haz­ards, loss of prop­erty and lives when elec­tric­ity would fi­nally re­stored in the com­mu­ni­ties.

“it was also re­solved that the BEDC should be­gin aware­ness/ sen­si­ti­sa­tion for Ode-aye

and ig­bokoda Com­mu­nity (in the Ok­i­tipupa and ilaje Local gov­ern­ment Ar­eas re­spec­tively) in par­tic­u­lar, ahead of the me­ter­ing ser­vices.

“it was re­solved that the BEDC and the Me­ter As­set Provider to open their of­fices in Ode-aye and give feed­back to com­mu­ni­ties in readi­ness to me­ter all elec­tric­ity con­sumers and that the com­mu­nity town hall meet­ing should be held by the BEDC to ed­u­cate elec­tric­ity con­sumers, start­ing from Ode-aye.”

Ak­in­rin­lola said the BEDC com­plained that they would only be left

with 20 megawatts which could only be released for just 20 trans­form­ers.

“it was re­solved that the 20 megawatts should be released on re­paired trans­form­ers in Ok­i­tipupa town­ship for on­ward dis­tri­bu­tion to con­sumers in area where re­pairs of elec­tri­cal ca­bles have been con­cluded.”

At the meet­ing, the BEDC called on the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment to com­plete the re­pairs of high-volt­age trans­mis­sion ca­bles to en­able them to start work on their net­work in other af­fected ar­eas of Ondo South.

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