The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has appealed to the management of Benin Electricity Distribution PLC to resolve the issue of prolonged power outages in almost half of Ondo State.
Addressing the visiting Management Staff of BEDC in his office in Akure, Governor Akeredolu said his administration was no longer comfortable with the fact that five Local Government Areas in Ondo South Senatorial District and four Local Government Areas in Ondo North Senatorial District have been living in darkness for between two to five years.
He said the issue had to be seriously addressed and therefore suggested metering individual consumers within the communities as a permanent solution to the problem of indebtedness to BEDC.
Arakunrin Akeredolu said it would be better to adopt the “stick and carrot approach”, as a strategy that would ensure restoration of power supply to the affected communities while individual debtors are followed up on their debts. This approach, Governor Akeredolu believed would be fair to consumers who are committed to regular payment of their bills.
Earlier, Mrs Funke Osibodu, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of BEDC had spoken about the empowerment policy of the power distribution company for youths who she said constituted the greatest percentage of the nation’s population. The policy she said has productively engaged technically skilled youths.
Mrs Osibodu therefore requested partnership with the State Government in areas of youth empowerment in the realm of job creation through institutional trainings in the state’s Technical Colleges, Polytechnic and Universities for the acquisition of skills required in the power sector.
Also speaking with newsmen, Mrs Kunbi Labiyi, Chief State Head, Ondo/Ekiti BEDC, revealed that six communities in Akoko environment would have electricity supply restored to them soon.
This development was sequel to series of resolution meetings that took place between key stakeholders in the areas and BEDC officials upon which agreements were reached to energize the communities very shortly.