BEDC has Started Again, Sapele residents cry Out
*Threaten to stage bloody protest if…
By Victor Igherighe
The people of Sapele Local Government Area of Delta State have again cried out to the government over a perpetual poor electricity supply to the area by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company BEDC.
They lamented that the BEDC refused to improve the poor state of electricity supply to the area despite several peaceful protests to this effect, threatening to embark on bloody protest this time around if nothing was done to remedy the situation in no distant time.
Speaking through Mr Ben Tobi and Mr Solomon Abeke, the people of Sapele said, “BEDC has started again. It creates problem when there should be no problem and we have discovered that. So we are ganging up again for a new revolution which nobody knows how it is going to be. Whether it is going to take lives we don’t know. But we are going to ensure this time around that BEDC knows no peace. Since the government wants us to fight and die by showing no concern, we are very ready to do that this time around. ”
The duo described the electricity situation as a deliberate act by the BEDC to exploit the innocent people in Sapele lamenting that in spite of the poor supply of electricity to the area, electricity charges were stepping up by the day and noted that BEDC no longer takes meter reading but imposes outrageous estimated bills of about twenty thousand naira or more on them monthly.
They however called on the federal government to review the privatization of the country’s power and hand it over to more competent hand or go back to NEPA alternatively.
According to them, “privatization of electricity in the country doesn’t mean the citizens should suffer unnecessarily. I do not want to say that the government is compromising but its perpetual silence on the matter of poor supply of electricity in the country is not unconnected with compromise. ”
Meanwhile, the governor of Delta State Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa has been commended for the infrastructural development in Sapele particularly in the area of road and drainage construction.
Mr Ben Tobi and Mr Solomon Abeke also gave this commendation having inspected all the state government ongoing projects in Sapele, especially the clearing and patching of drainage on the Yoruba Road. But noted that the state government should have awarded a reconstruction of drainage on the Yoruba Road and not the ongoing clearing and patching work.
While calling on the state governor to reveal the scope of the ongoing work on the Yoruba Road, the duo also appealed to the government to clear off the heap of sand and litters evacuated from the gutter and heaped on the road saying that it was causing damage to the road as well as endangering lives of the road users