The people of Sapele in Delta State, Friday staged a protest against Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over poor electricity supply.
The Tide gathered that the protesters blocked major roads, particularly the adjoining roads to the centre of the city popularly known as Olympia, thereby causing traffic obstruction.
Spokesman of the protesters, Barr Mike Egbune said the protest was to draw the attention of the State and Federal Governments to the plight of the people of Sapele who, though have two power generation stations, hardly get more than five hours power supply daily.
He said “We have two power generation stations in Sapele, one of them, a step-down generation station at Amukpe, has a 90KVA transformer with generation capacity of 72 MW.
Sapele only needs 47MW, yet the company supplying light to Sapele, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has refused to lift power from our generating stations to supply the area, making the power stations to lie fallow”.
“The company has failed to comply with the Federal directive to power generation stations across the country to supply constant light within 5 kilometers radius in their host communities. As such the government should call BEDC and the two power generation stations to order”.
The spokesman accused BEDC of also refusing to provide consumers in the area with meters to enable them continue to give estimated bills that are outrageous for service not rendered.
“We are a host community of two power generation stations in the country and we should be supplied light”, he insisted.