Letter to Saraki: Save Ondo-South from unending blackout


Kayode Fakuyi
Senate President, Bukola Saraki
I wish to bring to your attention the unfortunate and unlawful activities of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, which have led to perpetual blackout and paralysed economic activities in the entire Ondo-South Senatorial District of Ondo State.
My heart bleeds as I make this passionate and patriotic appeal to you as the Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, ‎the people’s hope to halt the era of unending darkness. Some of the communities have been subjected to two years of blackout in Ondo-South.
Distinguished, ‎this unfortunate situation was foisted on Ondo-South by BEDC with its unlawful activities of systemic disconnection of many communities from the national grid due to questionable claims of huge outstanding debt.
Many of the communities have experienced blackout for over one year while some areas have been subjected to over two years of darkness. The entire six local governments in Ondo-South namely Okitipupa, Odigbo, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Okeigbo are gravely affected.
The BEDC claimed that its unlawful action was necessitated due to huge unpaid and outstanding debts. The BEDC‎ also claimed that this unlawful action was largely due to the vandalisation of its infrastructure by alleged miscreants.
Distinguished, p‎ermit me to emphasise that the claims of huge outstanding debt and unpaid electricity bills are questionable, unrealistic and largely unconfirmed.
I wish to note that the questionable claim of outstanding debt is tied to pre-privatisation era ‎and the regime of fixed charges even with epileptic power supply and weeks of no power supply.
However, most residents and communities have dismissed any indebtedness on electricity bills as they claimed the defunct PHCN was duly paid all charges.
I also wish to state that the claim of vandalisation of power infrastructure by miscreants is unconfirmed and therefore considered as untrue. Meanwhile, I know that the …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper