BEDC loses 39 transformers to vandals in Edo

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The management of BEDC electricity Plc said it has so far lost 39 transformers to vandalised in Edo State.

Funke Osibodu, managing director of the company, who gave the hint at a press conference in Benin City Friday, said that several number of transformers were also lost in Delta State.

Osibodu, who said the two states recorded the highest number of vandalism of facilities, added that the security operatives have commenced investigations into the incidents.

She also disclosed that 49 communities had since been connected to the national grid while nine communities are also about to be connected.

She listed some of the communities where  light were restored to after several years of blackout to include Erinijiyan, Ipoleloro, Ikogosi as well as three communities connected to Ilawe/Aramoko feeder.

She said the feat was achieved in collaboration with Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) under the National Independent Power Project (NIPP).

Others are Ode-Aye community and Igbokoda in Ondo South Local Government that have been without power supply for 5-14 years.

The BEDC boss also said power supply was restored to Illah and Idumuju-Unor communities in Oshimili North and Aniocha North Local Government Areas of Delta State as well as Onichi Uku, Onichi Ona and Patani, among others.

She further added that electricity supply was restored to some parts of Benin metropolis after the major outage that reduced supply to major parts of the city till December 2018 due to the failure of two out of the three transmissions company of Nigeria transformers supplying power for distribution to customers in major parts of the city.

While commending the Edo State House of Assembly for passing energy theft bill, she noted that the passage was in line with the Federal Government’s anti-corruption fight.

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