Electricity users and consumers may have to wait a little longer to enjoy the reduction in electricity announced by the Federal Government as the Akure District of Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC has said it is still awaiting modalities before effecting the reduction.
The Business Manager, Akure District of BEDC, Mrs. Iyabo Adefemi told Nigerian Pilot correspondent in an interview that consumers would start enjoying a 50 percent reduction in tariff the moment the modalities for effecting it are worked out.
According to her, direct implication of the reduction is that consumers, especially industrial concerns will be paying less. She however added that the reduction should not have negative effect on the operation of the company, even as she expressed the hope that the government which announced the reduction would have put in place palliatives to cushion its effects on distribution companies.
On the vexatious issues of pre-paid meters, the Business Manager said things have been simplified and that those who paid for the meter are promptly attended to.
“The process of getting a pre-paid meter is easier and better now than what we used to have. The process used to take like six months before, but now if you pay there is an assurance that you will get it within one or two months.
“Those that paid for theirs in February, particularly in Akure, are already being metered,” she said.
Reacting to the ever present power outages, Adefemi said the company has no choice but to distribute what is allocated to it.
“We are distributing what we have, as it is common knowledge now that there is a drop in what is available on the national grid, probably due to activities of vandals.”
She however added that different areas have different supply needs due to the load on transformers.
“Where we have small load, there will be regular supply than where we have high load. For instance, Ijoka area of Akure is having more supply due to the load they are having.”
She also advised consumers to report faults to the nearest BEDC office for prompt attention and repairs.
Adefemi gave the company’s public complaints line as 08039012323

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