The Ekiti State Commissioner for Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Mr. Deji Adesina, has assured the Benin Electricity Distribution Company of the state government’s commitment to partnering it to enable it to achieve its corporate objectives.
Adesina, who gave the assurance during a Town Hall meeting held at Olojido Palace, Ido-Ekiti recently, urged residents to promptly pay their electricity bills.
According to a statement from the BEDC, he said the plea for electricity payment on regular basis was informed by the fact that responsibility for the collection of revenue shared by the entire power sector value chain rested on the distribution companies.
He noted that the idea of prompt payment of electricity bills would enable the BEDC to serve the people of Ekiti State, which is one of the four states being covered by the company.
Adesina advised that the BEDC should outsource the procurement of prepaid meters to licensed contractors since “it is the only way to ascertain the customers’ actual consumption”.
According to the Chief State Head for Ondo/Ekiti, Mr. Ernest Edgar, the BEDC is entitled to only nine per cent of whatever power is generated in the country, and this is shared among the four states under the company’s coverage.