protest against poor power supply in sapele {delta state}

The people of Sapele, Delta State yesterday for the umpteenth

time protested against poor power supply, blocking major roads,

particularly the adjoining roads to the center of the city known

as Olympia, causing traffic jam.

Barr. Mike Egbune, who spoke for them just said, “The protest is

to draw the attention of the federal and state governments to the

plight of the people of Sapele who have two power generation

stations yet they are only supplied light for less than five hours

daily.”

“We have two power generation stations in Sapele, one of them,

a step-down generation station at Amukpe, has a 90 KVA

transformer with a generation capacity of 72 MGWTS. Sapele

only needs 47 MGWTS, yet the company supplying light to

Sapele, Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, has

refused to lift power from our generating stations to supply the

area, making the power stations to lie fallow.”

“The company has therefore failed to comply with the federal

government directive to power generation stations across the

country to supply constant light within 5 kilometers radius in

their host communities. As such, the government should call

BEDC and the two power generation stations to order.”

Barr. Egbune also said, “Also BEDC has refused to give us

meters. As such they are giving us estimated bills that are

outrageous for service not rendered. We are a host community

of two power generation stations in the country and we should

be supplied light.”

The protesters carried placards, some of them read, “We are

tired of darkness,” “BEDC give us light,” Buhari call BEDC to

order,” among

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