BEDC condemns EDOSCO’s protest

BEDC Electricity Plc (BEDC) has condemned the planned protest by the Edo State Civil Society Organizations (EDOSCO) over a purported lobby over license renewal in December, saying that such allegation of license renewal smirks of sheer ignorance as there is nothing like such with BEDC or any of the distribution companies (Discos) as the expiration of their operational licences is not anyway happening soon.

Executive Director, Commercial, Mr Abu Ejoor who made the condemnation at a press briefing on Monday on the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) rollout in Edo state held in Benin, accused the EDOSCO of peddling misinformation on the license issue quoting the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) as saying that the licences of BEDC and the other Discos is 15years, with a renewal extension of another 10years after the expiration of same adding “ Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which handles all matters relating to electricity distribution duly recognizes BEDC as the electricity service provider for Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states”.

“We are presently in court with them on two cases. BEDC took some suspects including EDOSCO members to court in March 2017 at a Benin Federal High court for allegedly tampering with electrical fittings, a crime punishable under section 3 (6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M 17 Laws of Nigeria 2004.

The other case which is pending at the High court in Benin is the one BEDC is seeking for a restraining order preventing EDOSCO members from occupying BEDC business premises at the Head Office, business units or service units in Edo state and disrupting business operations or vandalizing equipment or facilities under the guise of protest. Whilst we agree to the fact that they have the right to protest, such should be done within reasonable confines,” the BEDC Executive Director said.

Mr Ejoor implored customers to note that the power sector improvement process was a journey and not a race and that with their collective support by prompt payment of bills and honouring of other obligations BEDC shall get to their destination safely.

“It is our utmost belief that the MAP scheme will assist in reducing customers’ complaints and we promise to continually improve service delivery to customers,” he added.

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