ISESELE EZEKIEL, Benin
Members of Edo State Civil Society Organizations (EDOSCO) on Monday went bizarre over alleged estimated billings, highhandedness and disrespect being inflicted on consuming members of the public by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
The protesters, dressed in black attire, stormed the company headquarters along the famous Akpakpava road Benin City and barricaded the entrance gates for hours. Spokesperson for the group, Comrade Omobude Agho said: “as a service provider, energy is received from the national grid. So, the customers have to pay. But we are here to demand that electricity metres should be made available to citizens and a rejection of the sky-rocketed estimated billings”
Agho who recalled recent incident of alleged assault unleashed on one Innocent Okpare by soldier attached to an expatriate working with the company, said the group can no longer fold its arms and watch helplessly the inhuman treatment being perpetrated by the firm
Reacting to the development, the Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Tayo Adekunle, said: “To us as BEDC, that protest was unnecessary, frivolous and sheer disturbance of public peace.
“The issues raised are in the public domain and not peculiar to BEDC alone, but the entire power sector” adding that they are being addressed.
“The man (Okpara) has paid but he is yet to balance up and we are asking for a payment plan. That is the basis of their (CSOs) protest. They are insisting on reconnecting him when he is yet to balance up the amount he is owing”.
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