The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has appealed to electricity consumers in Delta state for cooperation as it is expected to roll out 200,000 meters under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme in the state .
Flagging off the scheme at an interactive with newsmen in Asaba , Executive Director, Commercial of the company Mr Abu Ejoor disclosed that the roll out of the meters which is expected to be for two years with a monthly cumulative average of 10,000 units,would commence from Asaba the state capital to other locations in the local government areas.
According to him, between 2018 and now BEDC has connected 112 communities without supply in its coverage areas in four states to the national grid with 55 of them located in Delta state.
The director said in installing the meters, four would be hung on an electricity pole as a way of checking theft, and forstal tempering with the facilities while costumers can recharge their meters with ease.
While explaining that MAP scheme would assist in reducing customers’ complaints on metering, and estimated billing which accounted for 60% of complaints, Mr Ejoor warned electricity users not to succumb to fraudsters as only identified staff would carry out the metering exercise.
“We advised customers not to give cash to either MAP or BEDC staff and should pay only into accounts designated by the MAP”
He stated that the state gets 37% of the total allocation from the national grid explaining that only one and three phases meters costing N36,991 and N67,862 respectively would be installed
Some of the achievements of the company, Mr Ejoor said, include construction of commercial feeders in Asaba, Warri, Udu, Ogwashi Uku, Agbor, from six hours to average of 22 hours to commercial customers in the environs; completion of injection substations across the state and restoration of power supply to many communities including Ibusa, Isele Uku, Illah among others.