The Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) has announced that power has been restored to Ogwashi-Uku community, Headquarters of Aniocha-South Local Government area of Delta State that have being without supply for over seven years.
There was mass jubilation amongst the residents over the weekend as BEDC restored power to the area. The restoration according to BEDC’s plan is expected to be extended to other residents of Ogwashi-Uku in due course as more transformers will be metered and energized in the coming days as enumeration revalidation, network rehabilitation and safety checks continue in earnest.
The restoration process started with a town hall meeting organized by the members of Ogwashi-Ukwu D-Forum in collaboration with the management of BEDC led by the Chief State Head (Delta), Mr. Ernest Edgar, the Business Manager, Asaba Business Unit, Engr, Adekola Abiodun and his technical team among others.
The town- hall meeting had in attendance delegates from the various quarters and sub-clans that make up Ogwashi- Uku and environs was meant to brief the residents on the extent of job done so far which included, the completion of re-enumeration in some areas, the installation of transformer statistical meters as initiated by the company at no cost to the Community among other on-going process.
The Chief State Head, Delta, Mr Ernest Edgar in his speech, expressed shock at the level of vandalism of the network in spite of rehabilitation work carried out by BEDC in June 2016), and pleaded with the community leaders to work with the company to educate the public on the need to protect the equipment.
He further emphasized the need to re-orientate and sensitize the residents through safety lectures as delivered by BEDC Safety Manager, Mr. Gilbert. Nweke who enlightened the delegates on basic safety tips to be disseminated to their people in readiness for the gradual restoration of power in phases to the various areas.
This approach he explained, will create the needed awareness to gradually introduce the residents to the reality of the restoration of power after so many years to avoid accidents.
The Director General of D- Forum Pastor Joseph T. U. Nwadiashi who was visibly elated while acknowledging the meters, in reaction commended BEDC for keeping fate with the community in line with NERC’s directive after many years of waiting. He pleaded that the company should keep to its promise of ensuring that within a short period all parts of Ogwashi-uku were be supplied with electricity.
Mr. Edgar also seized the opportunity to educate the people of Ogwashi-Uku on the NERC directive on the use of methodology for Estimated Billing; and confirmed that individual estimated bills would be delivered to each customer based on the global readings from the statistical meters installed on each Transformer feeding the respective customers connected to the same Transformer. He explained the “Weighted Average Cluster load” approach and urged for cooperation with the enumerators currently carrying out revalidation and load audit as customers were understating their load capacity and in some cases out- rightly refusing access to the enumerators to assess their homes.