Demands immediate reconnection and energizing of their transformer
The entire members of Unity Community located at opposite Dr. Whyte, New Lagos/ Asaba Road, Agbor, Delta State staged a peaceful protest on Tuesday, January 12,2021 at the Agbor Business District of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) office, over the illegal disconnection and non-energizing of their transformer which was bought by the community.
The community is made up of three different Landlord Associations: Idumudon Landlord Association, Onyebikumaoyen Landlord Association and Okiroro Landlord Association (Imudia Estate)
These three communities have been in darkness since November, 2019 when Benin Electricity Distribution Company through their Agbor Business District illegally disconnected them from the public electricity power supply as a result of the incessant reports from the members of the community of irregular and low voltage power supply from BEDC.
In a petition released to Pressmen that was jointly signed by Pastor Paul Ogboi and Ewere Okonta (Chairman and Secretary of the light committee) during the peaceful protest at the Agbor BEDC office, they said the community was discouraged by the actions of the BEDC officials in Agbor, they went to work; they levied themselves and engaged the services of an established contractor (Von & Sons Nigeria Enterprises) who procured and installed a 300kva transformer for them for over three months ago now, yet the management of BEDC willfully rejected to reconnect and energize the said transformer even when the contractor has submitted all the necessary documents to the relevant authorities including the one that compels the community to donate the said transformer to the company (BEDC).
The community allegedly made a further investment of over fifteen million naira (#15,000,000) in the procurement of poles, conductors and other electricity accessories.
While addressing the protesters, the head commercial operations Mr. Stev Izerizuwa, he commended the community for their peaceful disposition during the protest and assured them that actions will be taken as soon as possible to address their petitions.
Pastor Paul Ogboi speaking during the protest
Unity Community Landlords/Landladies displaying their placards during the protests