A socio-cultural organisation, Benin Indigenous People Assembly (BIPA), today said ‘BEDC has clearly failed in its duties and responsibilities to supply energy to the people and residents of Edo State’, adding that in the last one year, ‘Edo State has been thrown into one hell of darkness by BEDC’.
In a statement made available to Newsmen, BIPA also condemned the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) for claiming that Edo State enjoys the lion share of what BEDC gets from the national grid.
“Without hesitation, BIPA, on behalf of the Edo State and the Benins frowns at the attempt by ANED, toclannishly create the mischievous impression that Governor Godwin Obaseki has demanded for the reduction of energy allocated to Delta, Ondo and Ekiti.”
BIPA Chairman, Dr West Ehioge West-Idahosa, and Secretary, Orobosa Omo-Ojo, lamented in the statement that “BEDC failure is a clear sabotage of the economic policies of the government of Edo State, which is trying to industrialise the state.”
Listing the many sins of the electricity distribution company the group said:
“We the people and residents of Edo State have noticed with utter consternation, indignation and dismay the reckless and callous abandonment of BEDC statutory mandate to provide decent and sufficient energy supply for the needs of our people. BEDC has clearly failed in its duties and responsibilities to supply energy to the people and residents of Edo State. Indeed, in the last one year, Edo State has been thrown into one hell of darkness by BEDC.
“Consequently, the state has witnessed capital flight with businesses shutting down and relocating to areas where they can find better and regular energy supply. Invariably, this economic downturn has also spiraled into the unfortunate increase in the incidence of criminality as many jobless youths now resort to crime, committed in the darkness occasioned by BEDC’S negligence and nonchalance.
“The reality on ground here is that BEDC has no capacity to distribute the so-called 9 per cent allegedly allocated to Edo State. What we are witnessing is an uneconomical wastage of energy due to poor and inadequate distribution system because of obsolete networks and very old power transformers.
“In addition, BEDC failure is a clear sabotage of the economic policies of the government of Edo State, which is trying to industrialize the state. Therefore, we join voices with Governor Obaseki, the Civil Society, the traditional rulers and other well meaning Benin sons and daughters to urge the Federal Government and its regulatory bodies to promptly withdraw the licence granted to BEDC, or at the least refuse to renew its operational license which will soon expire. This is the only way to prevent the present battle with BEDC from deteriorating into anarchy