The People of Edhe Muoyavwe community in Oghara , Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State have sued the Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) to court over what they described as “wickedness “ and anguish meted out on them in the past seven months by keeping their area in darkness. At the court sitting in Ogbara, the community demanded an explanation on why they have been in total darkness for over seven months when they are purportedly up-to-date in the payment of the bill. In a statement by the manager, Public Affairs of BEDC, Mrs. Esther Okolie said that the people in the community owed N3.5 million they claimed to have paid and took us to court. The people further stated that they were also in court to demand a monthly explanation of the bills sent to them, adding that BEDC has refused to make available to them until they wrote to them through their lawyer.
Expensive Eskom Power will Unravel SA’s Plans for Growth
The government has hailed beneficiation as key to job creation, GDP growth, and development of the South African economy and maximization of the return on investment. A report by Deloitte in 2017, states that Eskom generates 95% of electricity consumed in SA, and though there has been a push for more independent power producers who only generate 5% of electricity. It was recorded in the International Energy Agency in 2006 that Eskom’s household and industrial electricity tariffs were among the lowest in the world. Deloitte reports Eskom’s average electricity tariff has increased to 147% since 2007. The increase in the electricity tariff, it says, contributes to the increase in the cost of production. Where the cost of production exceeds market prices or make it unproductive to produce.