Checkmate activities of BEDC, Aule residents cry to govt
By Fatima Muraina
Residents of Aule Community in Akure South local government area of Ondo State are at logger-heads with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over an alleged N100million debt and poor power supply.
The community had protested the non-challant attitude of BEDC officials whom the community claimed disconnected them thereby putting the whole community in darkness for over two weeks, not minding those using prepaid meters.
The Chairman of the community, Mr Adewole Akarakiri said BEDC kept them in darkness as a result of over N100million debt it claimed the community is owing.
The General Secretary of the community, Alhaji Lawal Adeusi noted that BEDC can not justify the debt it claimed as electricity is hardly supplied to the community.
According to him, the number of days they have electricity could be counted and that when there is electricity, the current will be low.
He disclosed that residents without prepaid meters always pay N2,000 each monthly, but the officials collecting the money did not remit same to the company.
A legal practitioner residing in the community. Mr Gabriel Agbadaola who spoke with The Hope noted that BEDC took an arbitrary decision to have disconnect them without the consent of the community.
Agbadaola urged the state government to intervene in the matter to checkmate the activities of BEDC, depriving residents of the community their rights.
Reacting to issue of outrageous bill, Agbadaola described it as Kangaroo, saying BEDC has a way of collecting debts before now.
“Why not write community or arrest the debtors or disconnect those that are indebted to them, rather than disconnecting everybody including those using prepaid meters, he asked.
Reacting, BEDC Public Relations Officer, in charge of Ekiti and Ondo distribution centers, Mr Kayode Brown observed that the community is owing a huge debt which led to their disconnection.
While assuring the people that their cable will be restored, he declared that there will be mass disconnection of those who are owing as soon as the cable is restored.
Brown who charged every community to ensure good care of the cable equipment within their communities described the situation as a security issue which must be a collective responsibility
” Everybody must ensure that these equipment are not vandalised, they are the ones that will be thrown into darkness”, he said.