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Edo assembly summons BEDC over blackout

The Edo State House of assembly has summoned the
management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company
over the disconnection of Igarra community, Akoko Edo
Local Government Area, from the national grid.

It said the distribution company should appear before it on
July 21 to explain why it disconnected the community and
kept the residents in darkness.

The resolution, which was passed by the House on
Wednesday, followed a matter of urgent public importance
on the alleged oppressive and malicious shutdown of power
supply to the community and its environs, as raised by the
member representing Akoko-Edo II, Emmanuel Agbaje,
during plenary.

Residents of the community had protested the
disconnection which they claimed was due to their refusal
to allow officials of the BEDC to remove a 2.5 step down
transformer said to have been given to the community by
the council.

But the BEDC spokesperson had said the disconnection was
due to unpaid electricity bills by the community since
November, 2014, while the transformer was removed
because it was underused.

He said the community had been provided with a 7.5 MVA
transformer under the National Independent Power Project.However,

Agbaje, who moved the motion, said the
distribution company had removed the transformer
servicing the Igarra community and its environs without any
explanation, denying the residents power supply for over
one month.

“Mr. speaker, my community has been in darkness
following the removal of the transformer servicing the
community by BEDC without explanation.

“Even when I went there to find out the reason for their
action, I was not granted audience,” he said.

The Majority Leader, Foley Ogedengbe, while sympathising
with the affected community, described the situation as an
unfair treatment capable of grounding economic activities in
the area.

He added, “If they want to recover their property, you must
dialogue and explain to the community stating why the
transformer has to be removed,” he said.

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