Worried over long neglect of electricity supply to some communities and inadequate supply in Asaba, Delta state, the people of Ogwashi-Uku, Ibusa, Ubulu-Uku, Issele-Uku, Illah and environs have pointed accusing fingers at the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, for allowing complete power blackout in the areas for some years.
The people, including the representative of Government House, Asaba, the Accountant-General’s office, banks, who vented their anger on BEDC, attributed their long suffering acute power outage to poor management and personnel in BEDC, Asaba business district.
The communities and Asaba residents who expressed their displeasure weekend during the Customers’ Town Hall Meeting organized by BEDC, Asaba Business District for banks, corporate organizations, residents and communities frowned that they mostly run generator in their offices and homes, thereby consuming thousands of diesel/fuel monthly.
According to representatives of the communities, the blackout affects four local government areas of the state which made up of Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency. We have been without light for almost five years, and in spite of it, we have been living peacefully without violence.
The Chairman of Aniocha North Local Government Area, Hon. Kelvin Osemene expressed dismay that such ugly electricity situation in the area, had denied the youths their right to utilize ICT, adding that his people have right to electricity supply.
Hon. Osemene decried a situation where transformers have been vandalized as a result of the bad power condition, saying “up till now, we don’t have a head way”, appealing to BEDC to supply electricity to the communities as soon as possible.
Addressing the communities’ representatives on the current supply situation, the Asaba Business district Manager BEDC, Engr. Adekola Abiodun explained that the present low current supply of less than 1,300 megawatts in the country was partly the cause of the problem.
According to Engr. Abiodun, Out of 270 megawatts given to BEDC to share for four states, 24 megawatts is for Asaba district. We have 11 KVA lines and on each feeder line, we have up to 80 transformers to share electricity.
Abiodun who acknowledged the existence of challenges in BEDC, expressed hope that electricity supply would improve as soon as the 330/32 KVA step-down project constructed at Ibusa road, Asaba is technically commissioned, adding that only one feeder line from Obosi is presently feeding Asaba and its environs.

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