Obaseki says BEDC not doing enough on power supply as Disco assures current outage will soon be over

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki yesterday asked the Managing Director (MD) of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), Mrs. Funke Osibodu, out of his office for failing to meet obligations to electricity consumers in the state.

The incident occurred when Obaseki received members of the Federal House of Representatives Committee on Power led by Hon. Daniel Asuquo, who were in Government House, on a visit. The governor took the action because the BEDC boss’ was not listed as one of the expected guests to Government House.

Speaking to the delegation after Mrs. Osibodu had left the gathering, the governor, according to a media statement from his office, said the BEDC has continued to fail in collaborating with the state government to provide stable electricity in the state, instead the company has posed as an obstacle to meeting the goal.

In related news, the management of the BEDC in charge of Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo states has said that the power outage currently being experienced in parts of Benin City and environs would soon be a thing of the past. It said that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has made commitment to procure two 60mva transformers to replace the faulty ones that plunged the state into darkness.

Spokesman for the BEDC, Adekunle Tayo, told newsmen on Wednesday that the firm has put measures in place to ensure power is restored to affected areas before the two procured 60mva transformers are installed. Tayo also said the new lines being installed at Okada in Ovia North East would soon be completed.

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