By Emma Amaize
SAPELE— THE Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, yesterday, said despite the poor generation nationwide, power delivery had picked up in Sapele, Delta State, with the residents enjoying more than six hours of electricity daily.
Corporate Affairs Officer, BEDC, Mrs. Esther Okolie, in a statement, said: “In keeping with the resolutions reached at the various stakeholders’ meetings on Sapele power problems, residents of the community and environs now enjoy more than six hours electricity daily with some area having 22 hours notwithstanding the poor generation nationwide, which is hovering between 3000 and 4000MW.
“This achievement also demands that the residents live up to their part of the agreement by payments of both old and new bills by ensuring that what the Resolution Committee agreed on is in place to ensure compliance.
“The Resolution Committee is expected to be formed by two persons from each transformer zone, including representation from stakeholders,” it said.
Noting that BEDC was expected to serve all Deltans and not just host communities, BEDC said: “Given the level of power generation, if all power host communities should agitate for 24 hours power, the rest of Nigerians will be in total blackout. National grid supply is for all Nigerians, not just for power generation host community.”
On the protests by Sapele residents, the company said that the Orodje of Okpe Kingdom, Delta State Government through the office of the Commissioner of Power and Energy, the Speaker of Delta state House of Assembly had intervened and the issue was being resolved.