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After three years of no power, a voluntary group, Bring Back Our Light (BBOL) has taken a stand to ensure that power distribution will be restored in the affected areas.

In 2014, the Nigerian Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) disconnected four local councils in Ondo south district from the national grid over alleged indebtedness.

According to the Guardian, this has resulted in the formation of BBOL, seeking to repay the debt.

The affected areas are reported to include Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje and Ese-Odo local councils.

Media reported that last week stakeholders of the group met, and have expressed worry that the stoppage of electricity supply has destroyed the economies of the Ondo south, which is the industrial base of the state.

Media also highlighted that the situation has made artisans, institutions and others who depend solely on electricity supply to have no means of livelihood since 2014 thereby increasing the level of criminality, social vices and poverty in the affected communities.

Ondo south district speaks out

A statement signed by the Chairman of BBOL, Prof. Francis Igbasan and other members of the group, read: “We have agreed that certain amount of money will be paid to defray our indebtedness to BEDC and payment modalities shall be handled by sub-committees to be set up in furtherance of the said objectives.

“The BEDC should stop manipulating the bills of innocent electricity consumers, and as a matter of urgency make pre-paid meters available to them. All electricity cables and poles affected by rainstorm should be immediately restored at no cost to the consumers. Read more…

“BEDC officials should not depend on outdated styles of meter readings because from available information, dilapidated, abandoned and uncompleted houses were estimated and added to the bills of these communities.”

This new attempt by the voluntary group follows after last year there were reports that government had signed an agreement with BEDC to put an end to the power grid disconnection. Read more…

At the time, Aderotimi Adelola, secretary to the state government said the signing of the treaty was the first step in ensuring that power would be restored to the affected residents.


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