The labour staged a protest on Tuesday at the office of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), Ado Ekiti, saying outrageous billing and incessant epileptic power supply must be stop.
BEDC’s poor electricity supply to Ekiti has cripple the economy and brought alleged extortion of the consumers, the angry labour leaders lamented.
Chairman of TUC, Sola Adigun; NLC Kolapo Olatunde; JNC Secretary, Gbenga Olowoyo, led the protest to the BEDC’s office located at Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti metropolis.
While addressing the company’s representative of NLC chairman, Olatunde said: “Ekiti people are tired of paying for darkness and your estimated billing should not exceed N3,500 in urban areas and N2,500 in rural Centres.
Our economy is falling back due to the total blackout that we are experiencing and is not adding anything to our economy, only to give prepaid meters to citizens many years after they paid but nothing to show up, but what show up is to bill anyhow.
“You could see that we are peaceful now, but when next we come, we will change strategies. Why are you treating our people in Ekiti like this? Why do you always on and off your light despite that you have the capacity to give light? Do you need government’s help so that we can intervene?
“Every workers and other citizens are not happy with the way you have been killing the economy of our dear state.
“In Gbonyin, Ekiti East and other council areas, people have not seen light for years. Even in Ado Ekiti, your staff will collect bribes before they switch on the light. If you can’t supply light, leave our state for us. We are tired of all these.”
Buttressing the position espoused by NLC, the TUC boss, Adigun, added that a lot of injustices were being perpetrated by BEDC in Ekiti, which he said must stop.
“We are here today to say no to injustice and punishment being meted out to our people. We are here to say no to corruption being perpetrated by your staff. We say and insist that Ekiti people deserve to be treated with civility.
The BEDC Human Resources Manager, Mr. Patrick Akindele, apologised for all the problem going on in the BEDC operations in Ekiti, assuring the unions that there would be improvement.
“It is painful and unfortunate that you didn’t give us notice before you came today, because people of top hierarchy that would have attended and spoken on some of the issues raised are not around.
But, i tender apology about all the inconvenience and with all you said, but those who can really address the issue are not here. But all the issues will be passed across to them, “he said.