GIVE ALL CUSTOMERS PRE-PAID METER FOR ALL RESIDENTS IN 1 MONTH OR FACE LEGAL ACTION- Ika Landlords To BEDC
By Nicholas Ebegboni
Members of Ika Landlords and Landladies Association has issued a month ultimatum to Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to in one month issue all electricity consumers in Ika land pre-paid meters or face legal action.
Speaking on behalf of the association, Mr. Vincent Arimokwu the Chairman, Ika Landlords and Landladies Association said the association will not continue to sit down and watch BEDC rip the people off.
Mr Arimokwu noted that if after one month of this notice to BEDC, the company fails to comply with their demand, they will have no other option than to take legal action against the company.
The Chairman Ika Landlords and Landladies Association while addressing newsmen said, “Ika Landlords and Landladies Association is known for her meaningful and selfless roles towards the growth and development of Ika land on the issues of electricity and security.
“We have served a legal notice to BEDC requesting the company to within four weeks from the receipt of the legal notice, to stop further estimated billings of all customers in Ika land, and supply pre-paid meters to electricity consumers, or face legal actions,” he said.
He said among other demands made by the association is for BEDC to stop irregular electricity supply, stop illegal disconnection of consumers and carting away of their cables which the company did not provide, stop requesting for electricity consumers to buy or replace damaged electrical equipment, and to stop requesting for electricity consumers to buy electric poles, wires, hire ladders, pay for transportation and labour which are supposed to be their responsibility.
According to him, “Ika Landlords and Landladies Association have vowed that until these issues are addressed, BEDC should stop further disconnection of consumers in Ika Land, as the association is ready to take legal action against the company.”
Continuing, he revealed that for long, the association have been toeing the part of dialogue, but said unfortunately, it seems like the company is not ready to change. He posited that the association can no longer sit and watch while BEDC continue to shortchange consumers.
The chairman stated that it is high time something is done about the ugly situation, describing the relationship between BEDC and consumers like that of a slave and master, adding that BEDC has continued to treat the people like slaves who have no rights at all.
He said the association is ready to abolish all nefarious activities of BEDC in Ika land as he urged Ika residents to report any such wrong doings of BEDC to the appropriate authority for proper action.
He called on Ika residents to resist any BEDC official who tries to go beyond his bound, saying that there are rules governing BEDC and consumers, while encouraging Ika residents to try and know their rights