The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has decried the instability of the national grid, saying that between January and July this year, the national grid has been highly unstable with over 2,000 outages and interruptions recorded in its network coverage area of Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo States, causing customers’ dissatisfactions.
Managing Director/CEO of BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu disclosed this during a media parley organised at the company’s Head Office in Benin, the Edo State capital, according to a statement from the power distribution firm.
However, she said that notwithstanding the supply interruptions, the company was able to record several improvement initiatives, which impacted positively on power availability to customers in all the four states within its franchise area.
She noted that recent information from the National Bureau Office of Statistics stated that BEDC has the highest number of meters amongst all the 11 electricity distribution companies.
Commenting on how the firm had been of service to its esteemed customers, the BEDC boss said: “In Delta State, we restored electricity supply to over 54 Communities including Ibusa, Ogwashi-Uku, Ubulu-Uku, Isselu-Uku (on-going), Ogunu, Otor-Udu, Emadaja, Iwhrekekan, Mosogar, Onyobru Water Side Community.
In addition, in order to enhance security, various streetlight projects were commissioned that are providing 24 hours supply covering over 20 kilometres in Asaba across major urban roads such as Mariam Babangida way, Ibusa to Koka Junction, Illa road to DELSU Anwai Campus, Government Core Area, Interbua, Ezenei Road, Nnebisi-Dennis Osadebe Road to Abraka, Okpanam Road and locations in Effurun area – Jakpa Road, Airport Road, NPA Expressway, DSC Round, Sokoh Estate road, Refinery Road, PTI road.
“In Edo State, power supply has also improved from 2hours in 2013 to six- 10 hours for locations with severe infrastructure limitations such as Okada, Oluku, part of Sokponba, Evbuotubu, Oliha and Siluko, all in Benin, there has been improvement from 6hours to 12-15 hours for locations with more improved infrastructure including Auchi, Edo North, GRA, Ugbowo, Okhoro and New Benin.”
She added that while “there is 18 -24 hours of power supply for commercial customers on dedicated lines involving 23 hotels, several banks, eateries, shopping mall and Government establishments including Central Hospital, Edo State House of Assembly Complex, High Courts, Government House.”
Additionally, the BEDC CEO stated, 14 street light projects, within Benin now enjoy 24 hours power availability with some of the locations being Kings Square, Museum Street (Ring Road), Airport Road, Sapele Road, Oba Market Road (Ebo), Sokponba Road by Omoruyi Junction, Ekpenede Street by Bob Izua, Ihenya Street (off New Lagos Road), Evbomwan Street (by Best Western)
In Ondo state, BEDC she said, improved on special projects for commercial and industrial customers stressing that most of the educational and health institutions, banks in the state were now enjoying over 18hours of electricity supply.
“Customers on the Ogese main line, Ayeyemi, Christland and Sacred Heart communities in addition to Ikoshin, Igbado, Dagbe, Ajuie, Omifon, Odigbo now also have supply of between 16hours to 23 hours. In addition, there is improved supply to Oke-Igbo, Ile Oluji, Odojumu, College, Palace, Oke Aro, Ore and Igbara Oke from three hours at take over to minimum of six-10 hours. Supply to other communities such as Owena, Ilara Mokin, Ogotun, Igbara Oke has also improved,” she added.
“In Ado Ekiti, Oriapata,Adebandele supply availability has improved from a minimum of three to five hours to nine hours, with communities such as Otun- Ekiti, Iro- Ekiti, Ira- Ekiti, osan and Osun- Ekiti having a minimum of 18-20 hours supply.”