A group with 46 allied Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), has warned against incessant attacks on Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) by electricity consumers in Edo State.This concerns especially those hiding under the cover of civil rights advocacy to foist unlawful conducts, and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, saying such persons should desist from such acts forthwith or face legal actions.
Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI) gave the warning at a world press conference in Abuja, which was addressed by its National Convener, Comrade Solomon Adodo, at Abia House.
He said: “We call on the Governor of Edo State to forthwith refrain from antagonising BEDC Plc and instead follow relevant rules and guidelines governed by clearly cut contract terms. The issue of power distribution in Edo State should not be unnecessarily politicised.
“It should be made clear that all distribution companies (DisCos) are firmly protected by the contract terms and conditions under, which they were issued licences and it is on record that BEDC has not in any way breached such conditions.
“We shall resist this evil at all costs in the best interest of sustainable business practice in order not to ward of future investors and/or frustrate the gains made thus far in the power sector.”
On this note, we call on the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) and every concerned regulator to immediately come out and clear the air on the needless controversies being stirred to cripple the BEDC under its current management. “If we do not get appropriate feedback within seven days of this notice, we shall be left with no other option but to embark on peaceful procession to these offices for the sake of sanity in our power sector,” the group said.
TADI said as stakeholders, the Federal Government has representation on the board of respective DisCos and it is totally at its discretion to appoint whoever she deems fit to represent her interest in the DisCos. “It is not the DisCos that determine who the Federal Government appoints as her representative contrary to what some naysayers would have us believe in the case of BEDC’’.
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