Electricity Consumers in Warri, Delta State today protested over one year power outages in their areas.
The protesters who are mainly women and youths are Idiaregbe, parts of Okere-Ugborikoko road, Okolobeh and Omosihwofa Streets in Warri.
The protesters who carried green leaves chanted solidarity songs as they matched through major streets in the complex town to the Office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC to protest distribution Company’s “delay tactics in installing two new transformers in the affected areas.
The peaceful protesters demanded for the installation of two new trabsforners at Idiaregbe and Omosohwofa Streets with a view to restore power in the affected areas.
The leader of the protesters, Evang. Richard Okoro said the affected streets have lost both economic and social fortunes due to blackout for the past one year.
Okoro said the BEDC and its Officials in Warri as well as its Headquarters in Benin-City have been very insensitive to their plights.
Okoro also said the BEDC Officials have continued to display nonchalant attitudes towards their plights especially when it is their right to enjoy “regular” and “uninterrupted” power supply.
Okoro recalled that the affected areas where thrown into peppertual darkness after thr transformers in the areas developed faults January 2,2018.
According to Okoro,we made formal complaints to BEDC Office in Warri and Benin and they promised to take positive actions and restore power.
Okoro said however, that the BEDC Officials failed in fulfilling its promises stressing that, their(BEDC) actions made the protesters to petition the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, Asaba who also forwarded same to the Arbitration Court.
Okoro noted that the Arbitration Court gave judgement in favour of the Electricity Consumers ordering the BEDC to install a new transformer and restore power supply to the areas.
At the time of filing this report, the BEDC Officials led by a man simply identified as the Business Manager is in a meeting with the leader of the protesters.
We learnt however, that the BEDC Officials have assured the protesters that the matter will be amicably resolved within the next two weeks before transformers would be installed in the affected areas.