Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), the power distribution firm responsible for Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo states in Nigeria, says at least 1400 megawattts of power are required to guarantee power supply to 750,000 households and 13 million people in these states.
Tayo Adekunle, the spokesman of the company on Tuesday, therefore, appealed to customers to understand the value chain in the power sector, saying only 325.34 megawatts were supplied to the company to distribute to customers in its area of coverage.
He explained that BEDC on its part had embarked on network expansion and repaired faulty transformers ranging from 300KVA to 2.5KVA, in a bid to improve power supply, adding that the company had also embarked on employment and training of fresh graduates to bridge the manpower gap in the sector.
“BEDC is only a retailer of electricity and not a generating outfit, and as such could only distribute what they get in form of power. As I speak with you, we only get nine percent of what is generated as power from the generating company. As at Monday, the BEDC got only 325.34 megawatts from the 3614 megawatts generated by GENCOS .This is a far cry from the total of 1400MW needed to service our clients in the four states of Ondo, Ekiti, Edo and Delta that we cover,” said Adekunle.
He further said to satisfy its customers the company introduced a load shedding system of three hours on and three hours off.
He commended the efforts of the government towards diversifying the sources of power generation through renewable energy, coal and other sources, which he said would boost power supply.
Speaking on metering, Adekunle said BEDC has achieved 65 percent progress in its area of coverage, leaving a metering gap of 34.7 percent.
He said the gap would soon be covered as the company was taking advantage of the Federal Government’s Meter Access Provider (MAP).
“As for the metering issue, we are happy that the government has come out with a position that will make this easier; so very soon, the issue of alleged over-billing will be put to rest. On our own we have provided a lot of meters even though we have not provided for all the customers,” he stated.
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