— They should pay their debt – BEDC spokesperson insists
Dayo Johnson Akure
No fewer than 3000 residents of Parliament Estate Residents Association in Akure, the Ondo State capital have issued a two weeks ultimatum to the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to energise their transformer or face massive protest.
They said that “the BEDC was provoking them to storm its headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital and shut it down.
Displaying various placards, the residents protested through the estate and major streets in the metropolis
The Chairman of the association, Engr. Titus Falana said they contributed money to buy the transformer in 2019 and all efforts to get the BEDC to energise it have failed.
” The BEDC forced us to submit the original receipt of the purchase of the transformer and made us write a letter of willingness to donate the transformer to the power firm as a condition to connect the transformer to the national grid.
“We bought poles, cables and all necessary things. We have made every arrangement but they are saying some people here are owing.
“We don’t the power to collect debt for the BEDC. They should migrate the debtors to the metering arrangement so that they can pay little by little.
“We will carry out a bigger protest to Benin, the BEDC headquarters. It is terrible that we spent N10m to buy transformer and others facilities and nothing has happened.
“A bigger protest is coming that will embarrass them if they do not energise this transformer within two weeks. They did not contribute any money to the project.
” For over two years they have not done anything here even though we contributed our money. We are appealing to the government to ensure this transformer is connected.”
Another landlord, Dr Christopher Olanusi, said they opted to purchase the transformer after the power supply to the estate destroyed their electrical devices.
“We are protesting because of the transformer we bought that has not been connected. This transformer has been there for more than two years.
“We spent more than N7m but the BEDC is giving flimsy excuses. At a point, they said some people are owing. It is not our duty to go and collect a debt owed to BEDC.
“They should energise the transformer so that it will make more money for them.
“We cannot burst into another person’s apartment to force people to pay electricity bills. They know how to collect their debt.
“We have been suffering here. The electricity has damage our devices. No houses here can use a fridge. The power given to us cannot power anything.
“They said it was the problem of the transformer so we decided to buy one to solve our problem. They do not want to connect us for reasons we do not know.”
Reacting, the spokesman for the BEDC in Akure, Mike Barnabas, said the protesters paid N600,000 electricity bill out of over the N1m debt owed.
Barnabas however assured that the transformer would be energised immediately after the debt is paid.
According to him ” the landlords owing electricity bills had to clear their debt as it was a new transformer that has been installed.
He added that “Individual landlord knows what he is owing. They should pay up so that we can start on a clean state.”
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