The Delta state government said on Wednesday that it has intervened in the continued poor power sector across the state with the sum of N1billion. As part of the measures to improve power supply, the state government, through the Commissioner for Energy, Barr. Newworld Safugha, confirmed to journalists in Asaba that the money was spent within one year to ensure improved power supply to the people of the state, adding that within the period under reviewed, the Ministry of Energy had resolved lots of crisis and challenges bedeviling the power sector. At the official commissioning of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Asaba forum office, the commissioner called on the commission to find lasting solution to the outrageous bills by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and incessant electrocution of persons across the country, adding “I urge the NERC, to find a lasting solution to the outrageous bills and incessant electrocution of persons, it is part of the problems affecting the power sector at present.” Stressing the need for BEDC to carry out sensitization on the dangers of illegal connection, Barr. Safugha disclosed that the state government will deal decisively with anybody found in illegal activities in the power sector and congratulated the BEDC on cooperating to resolve some of issues between its officials and the customers.
Also speaking to journalists, the Commissioner Consumer Affairs, NERC, Dr. Moses Arigu said that electricity distribution companies have been facing many challenges, adding that the NERC forum office in Asaba will help to resolve all pending crisis and challenges customers are faced with. He said that NERC, through BEDC, has injected 200, 000 pre-paid metres to the Benin Disco network as an annual intervention for the next five years and warned against vandalization of power installations as the forum would entertain genuine complaints from members of the public. According to him, the customers’ forum would also address power challenges/complaints and urged members of the forum to ensure that justice prevails in all cases before them.
In another development, residents of Osakwe Street, off Tony Umeh/Goshen Road in Okwe, a suburb of Asaba, have called on the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, (BEDC), to effect repairs on the faulty transformer servicing the area or give them new one. One of the residents of the area, Mr. Nicholas Anighorro, called on BEDC to provide them a new transformer as the existing faulty one is too small to service the area. He said the population of the area is growing every day, thereby exercising much pressure on the small transformer at the end it will blow off and get damaged. “This transformer is too small to service this area, hence it blew off the last time; since two months ago, everybody want to tap light from this small transformer,” he said.
Source: The Daily Times