- Ondo state Council of Obas urged the federal government not to renew licence of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company
- Hundreds of communities being serviced by the electricity company including Okitipupa, Irele and Ilaje have been without electricity for over 5 to 10 years
- The council of Obas declared that activities of BEDC were antithetical to the purpose of which it was established
Nigeria's federal government has been urged by the Ondo state Council of Obas not to renew the working licence of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company over the persistent joy of the company in making life miserable for the people of Ondo state, especially the entire Ondo south and some parts of the state's northern senatorial district.
Okitipupa, Ilaje, Irele and other communities in the the state have been without electricity for the past five years as a result of what people described as the inefficiency and outright neglect of Benin Electricity Distribution Company.
Also, some other communities in the state are said to have been without electricity for the past ten years.
NAIJ.com gathered that in a statement signed by the chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas, the Olukare of Ikareland, Oba Akadiri Momoh after the monthly meeting of the council said activities of the BEDC were antithetical to the purpose of which it was established.
The council also declared that the electricity company had fallen short of the hope and expectations of the consumers in the state.
“All the efforts of the people of the southern senatorial district and major stakeholders to make the BEDC see reason and shift grounds had proved abortive.
“In the northern senatorial district, reports indicate that the BEDC only supply electricity to selected communities only when bills are to be served on consumers.
“At the meeting state council of Obas, it discussed extensively the poor service and ineffectiveness of the BEDC, which have taken a toll on the social, cultural and economic lives of the people.
“The council, therefore, resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.
“Ondo state Council of Obas hereby calls on the Federal Government not to renew the license of operation of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC.”
According to Punch, the kings urged the Federal government to consider a better option for good and efficient service delivery rather than renewing the license of the BEDC.
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Recall that NAIJ.com had reported that residents of Ondo and Edo states kicked against renewal of operating licence of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over what they described as inefficiency and outright disobedience of constituted authority.
The efficiency of the company was also questioned by Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, according to a report by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
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