Ughelli Community Stakeholders Meet with BEDC on Electricity
25 May 2016 State
UGHELLI – Electricity consumers in Ughelli and its environs yesterday had an opportunity to express their frustrations to the management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over the incessant epileptic supply of electricity in the town.
This happened in a meeting between stakeholders in the community and the management of the electricity distribution company.
The meeting which was held at the Ughelli Kingdom Hall on Tuesday, had President General of Ughelli Kingdom, Chief Dr Kenneth Iwhewhe who began the interactive session by briefing the audience on the power situation of the town and how residents pay outrageous bills for little or no supply.
He also condemned the unnecessary abuse of power by the workers of the electricity distribution company.
A stakeholder of the kingdom, Chief Miller Uloho, who also reacted, said that the service delivery from the company was poor because there were no other competitors in the country.
In the course of the meeting, several people complained about the poor power supply in the town and alleged that BEDC workers were fraudulent and corrupt in their activities, stating that the residents of the town had been ignored and robbed of their rights.
Way Forward to Improve the power supply situation in Ughelli
However, the Chief Community Relations Officer BEDC Headquarters, Mrs Osineme and a member of the BEDC board, Mr Simple tried to calm the agitated audience promising that the situation would be tackled in due course. They assured the complainants that the allegations leveled against their workers would be investigated.
Vanguard had once reported that the core investor of Ughelli Power Plc had invested N65 billion into the power plant, raising the capacity from 170 megawatts, MW to 420MW since the handover of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, assets to successor companies in November 2013.
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