‘Why BEDC reconnected 42 communities’


The management of BEDC Electricity Plc has said that it successfully reconnected 42 communities within its franchise states of Delta, Edo, Ondo and Ekiti states, which were without power supply to the national grid as at end of November 2018.
The distribution company (Disco), which made this known in statement, declared that the notion that BEDC had not been responsive to community related issues was incorrect, stressing that it would continue to partner with communities without electricity supply in addressing their challenges provided they follow the necessary steps for engagement.
Out of the figure, Delta state has 25 communities reconnected which included Onicha Uku under Asaba business unit, Ovwodokpoko in Isoko, Ephiephphor in Otor Udu, Idama estate, Phase11 in Asaba and Ogbe-Ohu in Agbor. Others are; Ukpiovmu, Ughevnughe Oghior, Okirika and Otujeremi also under Otor Udu business unit.
In Asaba, Federal Housing Estate was reconnected, while Ewohimi was reconnected.
Also reconnected were Ugomson and Igbogiri both in Agbor area of Delta state.
In Edo state, 12 communities in Ikpoba Hill business unit including (Ikhueniro 12), Idunowina, Idokpai also in Ikpoba Hill, Ikomi in Uromi business unit, Ugbogui in Okada, Miracle Centre 2 under GRA, Benin and Evboligun in Sokponba area of Benin were also reconnected during the review period.
Ekiti state had two communities- Hausa Community in Shasha market area of Ado-Ekiti and Surulere staff school community also in Ado-Ekiti.
All the reconnected communities has customer population of about 20,000 with the highest coming from Ubulu-Uku in Asaba, Delta state, which has a customer population of 4,907, followed by Ibusa 2 phase in Koka business unit, with a population of 4,704, while Issele-Uku also in Delta, came third with a customer figure of 3,248. Famoyegun community in Owo, Ondo state has the least customer population of nine hooked to a transformer.
The company disclosed that contrary to the insinuations in some quarters that it had not given out a single transformer to communities but collect money or leave customers to provide transformers on their own, it claimed to have installed transformers in communities ranging from 50KVA to 2.5MVA since inception across the franchise states.
“We do not encourage self-help in arranging for transformers. We advise that customers should only pay their bills and it is BEDC’s responsibility to make power available. Any party purporting to be acting for BEDC to extort money from the public should be reported to our whistle blowing numbers,” the management added.

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