Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) has honoured Idahagbon Community in Oko Central area of Benin, Edo State, for its role in the arrest and prosecution of two electricity vandals, saying if all communities emulated and exhibited such responsibility, vandalism would be eradicated from the power sector.
Its Managing Director/CEO, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, stated this at a ceremony to honour community leaders and youths who caught the vandals and handed them over to the police for prosecution.
She stated that even though it is the responsibility of distribution companies (DisCos) or law enforcement agencies to ensure electricity equipment such as transformers were safe and free from vandalisation, the best situation will exist when communities take up responsibility and become vigilant over power equipment within their neighbourhood.
“We will all sink and be swallowed by this monster (vandalisation) if we fold our hands and say or do nothing about it. Yes, some might argue that it is the responsibility of the DisCos or law enforcement agencies to ensure that this equipment are safe and free from vandalisation. We and the law enforcement agencies have accepted this responsibility but even at that, the truth is that the police and BEDC cannot be everywhere we have transformers,” said Osibodu, who was represented by Chief State Head, Edo, Mr. Fidelis Obishai.
Source: The Nation