The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) authorities, announced that a min-bill calculator has been developed for calculating electricity meters to avoid under or over estimation of electric power bills meant for the customers.
Mrs. Funke Osibodu who is the Managing Director of the company, stated this in Benin at an interactive session with journalists.
Osibodu attributed the present generation of 1,175 mega watts throughout the country as against the 3000 mega watts that was previously generated, to the vandalization of facilities (electricity meters, electricity transformers etc) by unknown people.
“BEDC is the only distribution company that is involved in power sharing even though it is not involved in power generation, so, it is whatever that is allocated to us that we share among the four states.”
According to the MD, for Nigeria to have a steady power supply, it needs to generate over 8, 500 mega watts, including that of the 1,175 mega watts currently generated. But BEDC was only allocated 129 mega watts to service the four states namely Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti under its control.
“The problem of electricity supply in the country today is due to the vandalization of facilities by vandals. This has reduced electricity generation from 3000 mega watts to 1,175 mega watts. Nigeria needs over 8,500 mega watts to be able to have steady power supply but what is generated today is below that due to vandalization of power installations by vandals.
“BEDC needs over 1,200 mega watts to provide steady power supply to the four states under its control but what was allocated to us as at today is 129 mega watts, a drop from the 159 mega watts that was previously given to us.”
Mrs. Osibodu disclosed that the company staff has a uniform with code numbers for easy identification, urging customers to report anyone seen climbing BEDC poles without adequate identification to the police.