FUOYE Students Attack Bisi Fayemi’s Convoy

 

Protesting students from the Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), on Tuesday, took their grievances to the venue where the state governor’s wife, Bisi Fayemi was holding an empowerment program with women and attacked with dangerous objects.

The students had earlier in the day, led by their Student Union Government, embarked on a protest against the total blackout in both campuses.

An attempt by security personnel attached to the governor’s wife to disperse the protesting students with tear gas and gunshots did not immediately yield result.

While exiting the venue the students still launched another attack on the vehicles in the convoy.

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Meanwhile, Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, confirmed the incident in a statement.

According to the police spokesman, the protesting student took to the Federal Highway away from the perimeter wall of University and Blocked the Oye-Ikole-Lokoja Federal Roads,

He added that the protesting students also invaded the office of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in Oye Ekiti, and it took the quick intervention of policemen deployed to the scene to prevent further damage of the office complex.

“The protesting student turned around in their numbers and took their plight to Her Excellence, Erule Bisi Fayemi, The Wife of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State who was at an empowerment program.

“The protesting Student suddenly became unruly, hostile and took laws into their hands, also Vandalized the motorcade of her excellency.

“The protesting student did not stop at that; they also assaulted the policemen who were at the scene to maintain law and order and damaged Police Vehicle found at the Scene.

DSP Ikechukwu added that investigation is ongoing to bring the perpetrator to book

Edo Speaker Tells BEDC To Provide Metres To Customers

NEMSA, DISCOs, MeterThe Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly Justin Okonobo has suggested the provision of meters for all electricity consumers in Edo State as a means of solving the problem of power distribution.

Justin Okonobo gave the suggestion at a stakeholders meeting in Benin City, the Edo State capital called at the instance of the Edo State House Committee on Power and Energy to address the problems of power distribution in the state.

“If you can at least let every house have a meter, your problems will be more than three quarters solved…

“The anger of people these days is not just that there is no energy but that we get the wrong cost for what we get because we don’t have meters.”

The Executive Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Abu Ejoor said the company will continue with its regimental load shedding policy while aggressively pursuing metering.

“We have well over a million customers to serve. The metering gap today is well over 750,000 and we cannot cover the metering gap within a very short time but as a company we are vigorously pursuing metering.

“We are trying to do what I will call regimental load shedding, with three hours in and three hours out, we have started that in Benin, we might not cover everywhere but we hope that with time, with proper load management we can be able to extend it to other places. But I must also state here, it’s very important that when you consume power you pay for it, the power that goes to an area also depends on the payment culture of those areas.”

Inadequate power supply has been an endemic problem in Edo State, prompting civil society groups to stage regular protests.

Mr Okonoboh, however noted that he would do his best to ensure that the House comes to an agreement and pass the decision into a bill.

Heavy Downpour Wreaks Havoc In Ado Ekiti

ekiti A heavy downpour has wreaked havoc and destroyed property worth millions of Naira in Adebayo and Oke- Oriomi areas of Ado Ekiti.

Some of the victims told Channels Television that the rain started around 3:00PM and ended at about 5:30PM on Friday, with a heavy storm pulling off roofs from buildings while some electric poles and vehicles parked on the roadside were damaged.

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The most affected area was Isato Street located along the old Governor’s Office, where the incident left the occupants of the affected houses homeless.

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The residents, who said the heavy shower was the first major downpour in the state in 2017, counted there loses and called on the Ekiti State Government to come to their rescue.

“We are calling on the State Government to come to our aid, our roofs have been removed and we don’t have any other place to put our head.

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“Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) should please look into the area of maintenance of their facilities; some of the electric poles are half broken and due for replacement but nothing is done,” a resident said.

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No life was lost so far while BEDC has been asked to urgently disconnect the wires from the poles.

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BEDC Decries Court’s Ruling On Electricity Tariff

Electricity, BEDC, Electricity TariffThe Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has criticised the judgement of a Federal High Court in Lagos which declared the present electricity tariff system being used by the 11 distribution companies in Nigeria void.

The Manager, Corporate Affairs, BEDC, Tayo Adekunle, stated this on Monday during an interview with Channels Television at the company’s headquarters in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

He said that the court’s decision was inimical to the progress of the power sector.

However, a civil rights activist, Omobude Agho, has lauded the judgement of the court.

He accused the distribution companies of exploiting Nigerians with the new price regime.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had in an earlier interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, discredited claims that it flouted the court’s injunction on the tariff increase.

The commission noted that the lack of understanding of the privatisation and reform policy was responsible for the reactions that have trailed the electricity tariff increase.

Court Defers Ruling On Suit Filed Against PHCN

Court, PHCNThe National Industrial Court sitting in Akure has ‎adjourned the case filed by the disengaged staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) against the company.

The ruling on the matter was postponed till October 18, 2016, after the court heard from counsels of both parties on Wednesday in Ondo State, southwest Nigeria.

The electricity employees were led by the President of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Ondo ‎State chapter, Clement Daudu.

The staff, numbering 75 were in court to challenge their alleged disengagement since 2013 without following due process and non-payment of their severance packages.

Joined in the suit as second, third and fourth defendants were the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the National Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO).

Electricity: Residents Accuse BEDC Of Illegal Activities

Youths-Electricity-BEDCSome residents of Edo State have protested the alleged illegal activities by the management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).

The youths under the aegis of Network of Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria, commenced a three-day peaceful protest in Benin City, the Edo State’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

In his address at the Edo State House of Assembly complex on Wednesday, the representative of the group, Abraham Oviawe, listed some of their grievances.

Their complaints, according to Oviawe include unlawful electricity tariff, outrageous estimated billing, and irregular power supply.

Reacting to the demonstration, the Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly, Honourable Elizabeth Ativie, summoned the management of the BEDC to appear be the House.

Ondo Youths Ask BEDC To Restore Power Supply

Ondo Youths Ask BEDC To Restore Power SupplySome youths in Ondo State have called for the restoration of power supply to communities of the Southern Senatorial District of the state, by the electricity distribution company operating in the region.

The youths drawn from the various towns and villages converged on Okitipupa, the headquarters of the Senatorial District, for a peaceful protest with placards in their hands ‎demanding the restoration of power to the area.

They asked the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to as a matter of urgency, restore electricity to their communities which they lamented have been without power for almost a year now.

The angry youths lamented the paralysed socio-economic activities, adding that the jobless able-bodied youths have turned to anti-social activities to make ends meet.

They claimed that while the Northern and Central Senatorial Districts of the state have considerable supply of power, their communities had been experiencing total darkness.

Leader of the protesting youths, Sayo Onikun, also decried the lack of infrastructure and basic amenities in the area, despite the fact that it produces the largest chunk of resources in Ondo State.

Some of the protesters Babatunde Olatimehin and Jerome Joshua‎ attributed the high level of poverty in the senatorial district to lack of infrastructure and employment opportunities.

The youths posited that they have endured the suffering enough, adding that they want to live a comfortable life just like people in other parts of the state.