By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu
BENIN CITY – FOR the 14th day running, several areas in Benin City have been out of light due to faulty power transformers.
The blackout has caused water scarcity in parts of Bénin City such as Upper Sokponba, Ihinmwin, Second East circular, Evbuotubu, Ugbowo, Ekenwan Road and several other areas.
Owners of boreholes using generator to pump their boreholes have hiked the price of water.
It was gathered that 20 litres of jerrycan now cost N30 instead of N10 while 50 litres sells for N60 from previously N20.
Some business owners along Upper Sokponba said life have been difficult since the power outage began.
While this pains are on, the Benin Distribution Company (BEDC) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) have continued to trade blames on which body was responsible for the black out.
The TCN in a statement by the Manager, Public Affairs Benin Region, Elder Rufus Imafidon said the blackout was due to BEDC “maintenance crew negligence” when according to him, they cut a behind the Benin 132/33KV switch yard on Sapele Road and “Thereby tripped T21 60MVA 132/33KV transformer primary and secondary breaker” he said the cutting of the tree was carried out without permission from TCN control room operator on duty.”
He urged the BEDC to do what is necessary “To make use of two 60MVA stranded transformers at Ihonvbor to back feed her customers”
But Spokesman for the Bénin Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Tayo Adekunle, said the power outage experienced by some customers was caused by faulty power transformer.
Adekunle said the power firm is planning to connect affected customers to other power facilities pending when normal supply resume.
He said contractors have been engaged to begin work to connect the customers to other lines where there are power supply.
“We want to divert the load to areas that have light. You know, some of the facilities are aged and we are doing all that we can to fix them.
“The problem will be laid to rest within the week”, he said.