BEDC, lawmaker meet over blackout in Ondo communities
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.