Reps to probe Benin Electricity Company

Reps to probe Benin Electricity Company

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House of Represen­tatives has asked its committee on power (when constituted), to interface with both the Benin Electricity Distri­bution Company, BEDC, and the Nigeria Electric­ity Regulatory Commis­sion, NERC, over failure to supply electricity to Ilaje/Eseodo, Okitipupa/Irele and Odigbo/Ileoluji – Okeibo federal constituen­cies of Ondo State, as well as the continued demand for payment of bills in the face of no supply.

This was the outcome of a motion brought by Hon. Kolade Akinjo ti­tled, “Urgent Need For Intervention in the Dis­connection of Electric Power Supply to Ilaje/Eseodo, Okitipupa/Irele and Odigbo/Ileoluji – Okeibo Federal constitu­encies of Ondo State by BEDC.”

He complained that his constituency had been grappling with blackout for the past 15 months.

The lawmaker ex­pressed worry that the continued power outage in these areas for such a long period had brought untold hardships on the inhabitants and para­lysed business activities, leaving them with no oth­er choice than to resort to buying fuel at exorbi­tant prices to power their generating sets.

“The prevailing situ­ation has adversely af­fected the social well-being of the people, created serious security challenge, which has led to increased crime rate. But despite the blackout, the people are still being pressured to pay electric­ity bills,” the lawmaker lamented.

The motion was unani­mously adopted by the House, which was presid­ed over by Speaker Yaku­bu Dogara

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