The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has connected Oke – Irhue, an agrarian community in Uhunmwode Local government area of Edo State to the national grid for the first time since its existence.
The disco said the energisation is in “furtherance of its mandate of ensuring power availability in communities spread across its franchise states which were without power supply for a long period or yet to be connected to the national grid”.
Spokesman of the disco, Mr. Tayo Adekunle, made the development known in a statement issued in Benin City, the State capital.
Tayo also disclosed that “the connection of Oke-Irhue to the national grid was to demonstrate BEDC’s resolve to partner with communities without electricity supply in addressing their power outage challenge”.
He stated that the community had “fulfilled all necessary preconditions for energisation”.
Tayo further said the energisation has “put an end to the travail of some members of the community who over the years had relied solely on generator as the only source of power”.
According to him, “the federal government through the Rural Electrification Agency embarked on the electrification of the community long before the privatization of the power sector with the provision of two 300KVA distribution transformers.
“BEDC however took over the project and carried out enumeration, line rehabilitation/maintenance and also the subsequent metering of customers by through its MeterAsset Providers (MAP) scheme”.
The statement further quoted the President of the Community General Assembly worldwide, CP Douglas Agbonleni (rtd) as saying: “God has finally answered our prayers during this special season of Christmas.
“Our village has been linked with the national grid today 29-12-2019, a project which has been ongoing since 2002,”.