Nigeria @59: Electricity Customers from Ondo, Edo, Delta, Ekiti Set for Mega Protest Against BEDC

By: SUNSHINETRUTH

BEDC LIED ABOUT THE 190, 000 METERS ROLL OUT IN EDO STATE

WE NEED ELECTRICITY INDEPENDENCE FROM BEDC NOW

…residents of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti holds mega rally in Benin City on October 1st.

It is a known fact that, Nigeria has attained independence from the colonialists on the 1st of October, 1960, however, our leaders have assumed the role of the colonialists after their exit 59 years ago.

Electricity is a vital component that determines the socio-economic growth of any nation, howbeit our home-grown colonialists have kept the nation in another phase of electricity colonialism 59 years down the line.

The botched privatisation of the power sector was aimed at further continuance of the vestige of the colonialists’ intentions in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

On this year’s commemoration of the country’s independence celebration, civil society groups, residents of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states will be converging in Benin City, the Headquarters of Edo state in a mega rally to add their voices to the Federal Government of Nigeria in its plan to disengage the current handlers of the DISCOs in December, 2019.

All patriots are enjoined to be part of this mega rally as follows:

*Date:* Tuesday 1st October, 2019

*Take-off Point:* Museum Ground, King Square, Benin City, Edo state.

*Time:* 7:30am

*DRESS CODE:* Black Shirt

BEDC LIED ABOUT THE 190, 000 METERS ROLL OUT IN EDO STATE

Due to the fear that gripped the Funke Osibodu led management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company on the mega protest set off by civil society groups, residents of Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states. The management of the BEDC hurriedly put up a press conference in a bid to deceive the people.

Edo Civil Society Organisations, a formidable network of civil rights groups in Edo state, armed with the requisite information about the Meter Access Providers scheme will attempt to puncture the lies put out by BEDC in the press conference.

The Meter Access Provider (MAP) was initiated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to bring in third party companies to install and maintain meters within the 11 DISCOs across the country. Going forward, metering will no longer be the preoccupation of the DISCOs but of the third party companies.

The scheme was expected to take off since 2018 but has suffered setbacks due to the deliberate attempts by the DISCOs to frustrate same because of their exploitative tendencies through estimated billings.

MAP is a third party arrangement in giving customers meters which are paid for, BEDC has no kobo in it. Let us not be deceived by their lies. Since take over by the current management, they have left the replacement and maintenance of equipment to customers even as darkness have become the only commodity they supply the masses.

BEDC should stop the lies and start gathering their belongings as their exit date draws nigh.

Leftist Osazee Edigin
Public Relations Officer
Edo Civil Society Organisations

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