Ika Landlords and Landladies Association had earlier on given Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) ultimatum to either make available prepaid meters for consumers in Ika or leave.
In view of this, the Obi of Owa kingdom His Royal Majesty Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor JP has prevailed on members of the association to soft pedal on the 30th of September 2019 deadline given to the electricity distribution company.
This was made known to newsmen during a meeting held by members of Ika Landlords and Landladies Association and officials of BEDC at the instance of the President, BEDC Delta State, Engr. Fidelis Obishai.
The president BEDC Delta State while addressing members of the Association stated that when the letter of the association got to him, he saw the need to meet with them in person as the letter was too weighty. He further said that since the existence of BEDC, it was the first time a Deltan is the State President of the company which is of himself. He added that since his assumption of office, 90 percent of complaints he has entertained was on estimated billing.
The president blamed the inability for BEDC to function effectively to Federal Government policies which he claimed were never stable as well as the fact that BEDC was not in charge of electricity generation and transmission, maintaining that out of the less than 4000 megawatts generated in the country BEDC gets only 9 percents by law and that is usually shared among Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ogun states.
Engr. Obishai stated that a total of 1000 megawatts was supposed to serve every one million citizens unfortunately country presently generates less than 4000 megawatts for her over 200 million population.
In response, the over chairman Ika Landlords and Landladies Association, Mr. Vincent Arimokwu (JP) said that all what the President said were stale stories and that the people are tired of the so many excuses by BEDC why they cannot perform, adding that the crude of the matter was that BEDC should provide consumers with prepaid meter or no deal.
Prevailing on the members of the association, the Obi of Owa who was present at the meeting appealed to the members of the association to soft pedal on their ultimatum in order to give their services while he described BEDC presidents presentation as cock and bull story adding that the BEDC official only gave excuses as to why they are failing instead of how they intend to do better.
The monarch called on Ika residents to be peaceful as violence would only increase the problem on ground.