Mr.Godwin Obaseki, the Edo State Governor has accused the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) of frustrating a power deal with Ossiomo Power and Infrastructure Company Limited to Supply Electricity to government offices in the state capital. According to him, BEDC in the last 12 months has been writing petitions against the deal sealed between Edo State Government and Ossiomo Power and Infrastructure Company Limited, for the purchase of five megawatts of electricity to light government offices in Benin City, and stressed that the Petition has hindered the success of the purchase agreement. He explained that no community in the state enjoys more than eight hours of electricity supply daily despite her status as the power hub of the country. He maintained the electricity distribution company has continued to deliver poor services to Edo people and the evidence abounds of the deliberate attempt on the part of BEDC not to sell or distribute meters to customers.
Kenya Leads East Africa in Access to Electricity
Kenya is the leading country in East Africa with access to electricity, and steady growth from 32 percent in 2015 to 73.42 percent as at April this year. Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenyan President stated this improvement was accorded to the efforts of the government to make a sustained investment in energy a priority over the last five years. Opening the third general shareholders meeting of “Africa50” in Nairobi, he said that the electricity challenge remained and called on the private sector in Africa to support the infrastructure investment platform. In addition, he emphasized the need for more investment in providing electricity on the continent where over 600 million people did not have access to power.