Managing Director of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Mrs. Funke Osibodu, has raised alarm over the vandalism of the company’s facilities and equipment in its franchise states- Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti.
She spoke at the weekend in Benin, the Edo State capital, at a media parley on the activities of the company.
Osibodu said: “BEDC continues to record an increase in the cases of vandalism across its franchise zone. Besides being an economic crime, vandalism is also an act of sabotage, which is unfair to affected customers and BEDC.
“More worrisome is that the miscreants are innovating ideas beyond human comprehension, to perpetrate their criminal acts.
“We are not relenting in our efforts to overcome the societal issue. This is being propagated through improved community, neighbourhood relations involving stakeholders at the grassroots level, besides ensuring that our facilities are well secured, in our bid to arrest the ugly trend.”
She said BEDC had been working in attending to customers’ complaints, adding that the company would soon introduce electronic billing (e-billing) platform.
The MD noted that the e-billing would prevent loss of statements and improve reconciliation, while providing history and would reduce identity fraud, since no third party would be involved.
She said in the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, BEDC took delivery of 54,198 meters of the 75,870 meters allocated for free distribution to customers.
Osibodu said the company had completed the installation of nearly 40,000 meters across the four states as at July ending, stressing that BEDC was installing meters on the poles, to reduce the incidence of bypass and other forms of energy theft.
She revealed that the mass metering was proceeding well, “but slows down during this rainy season”, adding that the next phase would soon begin.
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