Some Officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, on Wednesday escaped being lynched by angry consumers in Warri, Delta State.
Residents of Warri who took a swipe at the Management of BEDC for incessant tariff hike without electricity, noted that they were fed up
with the power situation in the area.
Even without supply for over a long period of time, the Nigeria Union of Journalists building, Warri Secretariat, was also disconnected.
The situation almost turned riotous as residents of Third Marine road and surrounding who were angry over the officials’ behavior were bent on beating them up. They immediately drove off when they saw that tension was building.
The BEDC Officials cut and carted away the electric wire of the NUJ despite explanations of the Union’s Chairman that the secretariat has
not had light for months.
Chairman of the NUJ, Warri Correspondents Chapel , Comrade Michael Ikeogwu, in a press statement condemned the attitude of the BEDC Officials who disconnected residents of the area who have stayed for months without electricity.
Ikeogwu noted that the Union, like other electricity consumers, has had poor services from the BEDC in spite of the huge amount it pays as
He said that out of twenty four hours in day, the BEDC only gives light to the Union for just one hour.
‘’Sometimes, we don’t have light in a week and we still pay for the bills. Sometimes BEDC Officials come here to harass us.
‘’We said that we don’t even see the light let alone use it. We are peaceful but the attitude of the BEDC people should be addressed”,
Ikeogwu claimed the Union had a few weeks back paid twenty thousand naira out of the forty thousand naira it owed BEDC with the assurance of paying the balance before the officials came to harass him and its members.
BEDC’s Public Relations Officer in Effurun,Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State Mrs. Helen Ogagaworie, in her reaction, noted that the BEDC has decided to place defaulters in perpetual darkness until they pay any outstanding bills.
“We are being paid by the target we are able to collect monthly. You should have called me when the BEDC officials were cutting your light
so that I talk to them. As it is now, I cannot do anything about it. Besides, I am not in town’’, she said.