Kunle Kalejaye 20 January 2016, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, has concluded plans to commence installation of prepaid meters within its area of operation.
Power transmission station
House of Representative member, representing Ethiope East constituency in Delta State, Mr. Evance Ivwurie, said in a statement that the decision was reached with management of BEDC to address perennial blackout in some communities and epileptic electricity supply in other communities within his constituency .
Ivwurie explained that he embarked on a fact-finding mission on why the connection of Abraka and surrounding communities of Eku to the Sapele power sub-station, which ought to have been commissioned since 2012 to enable Ethiope East Communities enjoy stable and reliable electricity supply, is still stalled till date.
During his meeting with BEDC management, Ivwurie said the issue of the frequent attacks and beating up of BEDC staff everywhere they went to disconnect electricity from debtor homes, leading to disconnection of various communities from electricity supply was discussed.
Regarding the issue of the frequent attacks by people of Ethiope East against BEDC staff when they go to disconnect some homes from electricity supply because of debt, Ivwurie suggested to the management of BEDC that this problem occurs in Jos, Lagos, Ibadan and everywhere in Nigeria and the solution is found in the installation of prepaid meter in every house.
He added that the managing director of BEDC, Engr. Albert Esenabhalu, has assured that the initial problem BEDC had with the Dafinone Rubber Plantation which obstructed them from energising the power line has been resolved and the right-of-way has been granted to BEDC to test run the power line.