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– After seven years of darkness, Ogwashi Uku finally had electricity
– The residents applauded the BEDC for the project
– They urged that more transformers should be provided
There was wild jubilation in Ogwashi Uku which is the home town of former minister of finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala following the restoration of electricity after seven years of darkness.
Vanguard reports that this was revealed by the Benin Electricity and Distribution Company (BEDC).
Mrs. Esther Okolie who is the corporate affairs officer of the BEDC revealed that the restoration was carried out after a town hall meeting.
She said: “The restoration process started with a town-hall meeting organized by the members of Ogwashi-Uku D-Forum in collaboration with the Management of BEDC, led by the chief state head (Delta) Mr. Ernest Edgar, the business manager, Asaba business unit, Engr. Adekola. O. Abiodun and his technical team, among others.”
Residents in the community were visibly elated at the new development but called for provision of more transformers.
The company assured the residents that it would continue with enumeration re-validation, network rehabilitation and safety checks continue in earnest.
Mrs. Okolie stated: “Ogwashi- Uku happens to be the headquarters of Aniocha- South and is considered to be one of the biggest cities in Delta State with a polytechnic, banks and other parasatals; it has remained in the dark for over seven years until the intervention of BEDC, which is barely three years. No wonder the residents were so excited at welcoming BEDC team to the epoch- making occasion of power restoration to the area.”
“The power supply restoration commenced on March 10 from Market Junction 300KVA, 11/0.415KV substation, located close to the motor park. A total of six distribution substations were involved, namely motor park 300KVA, 11/0/415KV, Aghidiese Junction 300KVA, 11/0.415KV, Aghidie 300KVA, 11/0.415KV, Aghidiese 300KVA, 11/0.415KV, General Hospital 200 KVA, 11/0.415KV and Okwuogi 300KVA, 11/0.415 KV.”
“The chief state head, Delta, expressed shock at the level of vandalism of the network (given that BEDC had done rehabilitation work in June 2016), and pleaded with the communities leaders to work with BEDC to educate the public on the need to protect the equipment.”
“Once more, we commend and congratulate the people of Ogwashi- Uku for achieving this laudable feat and we advise them to be committed to prompt settlement of their bills so as not to be like their neighbors who could not sustain BEDC’s services.”
Pastor Joseph T. U. Nwadiashi who is the director general of D- Forum expressed joy at the project and applauded the BEDC for keeping fate with the community in line with Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s directive after many years of waiting.
He however pleaded that the company should keep its promise of lighting up all parts of the town.