The Benin Electricity Distribution Company has restored power to Ogwashi-Uku community, the headquarters of Aniocha South Local Government area of Delta State, after years of outage. The company’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Adekunle Tayo, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the restoration process was expected to be extended to other residents of the community in due course. It explained that the development followed a town hall meeting organised by members of Ogwashi-Ukwu D-Forum, in collaboration with the management of BEDC, led by the Chief Delta State Head, Ernest Edgar. According to the statement, the residents were briefed on the extent of job done so far, including the completion of re-enumeration in some areas and the installation of a transformer statistical meters, as initiated by the company at no cost to the community, among other ongoing processes. The firm also assured the community that more transformers would be metered and energized in the coming days, as enumeration, re-validation, network rehabilitation and safety checks continued in ernest.
The chief state head was quoted to have expressed shock over the level of vandalism of the power network, in spite of the rehabilitation work carried out by the BEDC in June 2016. Edgar, therefore, appealed to the community leaders to work with the company to educate the public on the need to protect electrical equipment. Meanwhile, the management of the has denied reports that one Kola Akinsebi, who was reportedly electrocuted in Ondo State was its staff. The BEDC spokespersons for Ondo and Ekiti, Kayode Brown, said that the deceased was illegally working on the property of the firm before his died. Brown also urged the public to ’disregard the statement attributed to the Business Manager in charge of the Ondo Business Unit, Chris Enuamaka.
Source: Nigeria Newspapers