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Okowa decries poor electricity supply by BEDC

By Monday Osayande, Asaba
23 September 2022   |   4:00 am
Delta State Governor and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, decried alleged poor supply of electricity to consumers in the state by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

Delta State Governor and Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ifeanyi Okowa (left) addressing journalists shortly after inspecting construction work on a bridge across River Ethiope in Ukwani Council of the state, yesterday

Delta State Governor and vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa, yesterday, decried alleged poor supply of electricity to consumers in the state by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

Okowa expressed displeasure over the situation at the official opening of Lumen Christi College, Maryhill, Owanta, Ika North East Council of the state.

He observed that even when residents and communities procured transformers and handed them over to BEDC, “they will still charge them to energise it”.

According to the governor, sometimes you install a transformer, the distribution company will ask you to come and pay, even when you are handing over that transformer to them.

He regretted that “even when you are ready to pay, they will delay you for six months and even for one year. It’s frustrating.”

He said: “Sometimes when we try to help communities, it is difficult because of BEDC’s delay. Even, when the transformers are handed back to the distribution company to get them to energise it, it will look like you are begging them to do so; it ought not to be so.”

He lauded Rev. Fr. Mario David Dibie, the proprietor of the school for his philanthropy and care for the poor and vulnerable in the society.

“While men are busy pushing after fame and ego, here is a man with God’s grace thinking about the very lowly in the society.

“It is a lesson and a story that should change our lives because when you see the life of a man like Dibie, every part of his story tells about his desire to assist the less-privileged.

“Due to the suffering in our nation, things are getting so bad and people are afflicted from the inside because of hardship. People are resorting to kidnapping and banditry because of hardship and it is a time for collective prayer for our nation,” he said.

Earlier, Dibie said he was always guided by the biblical injunction to always consider the poor in his dealings.

He disclosed that he had a covenant with God that 20 per cent of whatever he got would be for his maintenance while 80 per cent would go to the poor.

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