The Vice President, Tankers Drivers’ Association, Delta State branch, Comrade Shuwa Oyemami has called on the Federal Government to immediately revisit and review the privatisation exercise in the power sector, claiming that the privatisation was a broad day light robbery.
More provoking is the outragous bill given to customers by the power distributing company, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), which have left the customers helpless and at their mercy.
According to him, “There appears to be a gang up in the power sector to further bring untold hardship on the masses even without providing power.
He said that the electricity distribution company and some unseen forces should be very careful not to incur the wrath of Deltans because of their crazy bills and unilaterally increasing tariffs without any corresponding improvement in the power supply.
“Candidly, rallies and protest were organized nationwide picketing their head offices, in Effurun and warri, yet we have not noticed any change. They listen to our complains without doing anything”, he added.
“We wonder why the electricity generation and distribution companies should disobey the highest law making body in the country when the senate intervened and called for a reversal of the new tariff.
The objection of the masses and the intervention of the lawmakers were flagrantly disobeyed as neither was the hike reversed nor meters given to customers. For these reasons, he said the government should revisit and review the privatization exercise of the power sector immediately.
If the company want to partner with the consumers, let there be appropriate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) duly signed to protect our interest instead of this broad day light robbery in the name of electricity. Our silence should not be taken for granted.
On the petroleum industry, he said, the peak of our pain as an oil producing state is the fact that it creates far more employment in countries were our crude oil is refined than it does in ours. These are issues the Buhari administration should look into with urgency.
He called on government and the multi-national companies to upgrade facilities to check both vandalism and other avenues through which the nation’s commonwealth is being siphoned.