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Delta monarch, PHCN at loggerheads over transformer

Emma Amaize

21 November 2012, Sweetcrude, Warri — PARAMOUNT ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area, Delta State, HRM Pere Charles Ayemi-Botu and the Benin City Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, are flexing muscles over the failure of the power firm to install, connect and commission a private transformer, one year after collecting statutory charges and other fees, amounting to N2.2 million.

Solicitors to the monarch, Seimode and Associates, in a letter, dated October 22, addressed to the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, BEDC, Mr. E. B. Umoren, said the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, in September, last year, released/granted one 300KA,33/0.415KV transformer for the palace annex, situated at Pere-Botu Street, Edjeba, near Warri, to serve the palace and its neighbourhood.

He said that a formal application was made to PHCN for installation, connection and subsequent commissioning, vide a letter, PHCN/26160/BM/ENG/0.1/707/2011, dated, Novemebr 5, 2011, entitled, “Payment of statutory charges”, it conveyed approval.

Mr. Umoren disclosed that the problem over the non-commissioning of the transformer arose out of a bone of contention between the monarch and Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Residential Estate in Edjeba.

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  • It is such a shame that the PHCN’s capacity for managing logistics and conducting its operations generally, has been allowed to drop to this level, such that it collects monies for services it should otherwise render as a statutory obligation, and even after collecting such monies, fail to deliver one year after. This stands common sense squarely on its head. We urge the government to press on with the privatisation of the entities of the PHCN. Hopefully, consumers will enjoy some respite, soon.

  • Nice one….lets see d result