Benin Electricity Distribution Plc has said it will restore power supply to six Akoko communities under its Owo business unit, urging the Ondo State Government to create an industrial layout for energy concentration to boost economic activities.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, stated this during a courtesy visit by the company’s management to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, in Akure, according to a statement.
She said the process of making power available to the communities had reached the final stage, adding that the communities would be energised having fulfilled the terms of the agreement signed.
She said the company had partnered the state government to boost its economic activities by completing electricity projects numbering 50, out of which 31 had been inaugurated.
Osibodu said dedicated projects would increase production capacity of industries through the reduction in the cost of power in their operation, adding that power from the grid was cheaper than any alternative sources.
She said the BEDC community relations department was set up to ensure proper relationship management of all communities within its network of operations.
She asked the state government and other stakeholders to join in the crusade against vandalism of the company’s properties, adding that the company had taken some steps, such as fencing of transformers, to prevent destruction by vandals.
Earlier in her presentation, the Chief State Head, Ondo, Olakunbi Labiyi, listed key challenges facing power supply to the state, saying transmission constraints were restricting quantum of power delivery to the state.
She said, “The 132KV lines from Osogbo to Akure with undersized conductor covers Ondo and Ekiti states with maximum power pegged at 50 megawatts; the feeder is often opened by the TCN under frequency condition and kept out until the frequency improves.”
She called on the state government to lend its voice in ensuring that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, quick completion of the ongoing power projects, including the Omotosho 1x150MVA, Okitipupa 2X30MVA and Ogbese 2X150MVA.
Labiyi called for the quick replacement of failed 60MVA power transformer in Akure TCN, and urged the government to intervene and ensure speedy completion of the ongoing 330/132/33k transformer under construction along Akure/Owo Road.