BEDC Electricity Plc. (BEDC) has devoted a total number of 114,740meters to customers in Ondo State under the Meter Asset Providers (MAP) scheme within the next two years on a monthly average of about 5,000 units, even as it disclosed that to solve the problem of power supply in Ondo and other states, it will soon engage power producers to come and produce power through embedded generation/off national grid to augment shortfall from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).Executive Director, Commercial, Mr. Abu Ejoor who made this known at a media launch of MAP held at the Royal Bird Hotel, Akure said that the metering scheme would be taking off from two local governments in Akure North and South namely, Igbatoro, Ijapo, Alagbaka and Ilesha road respectively, adding that the MAP parties to facilitate the takeoff were; FLT Energy Systems, Sabrud.
“In taking off, MAP in BEDC will have up to three months of building up on the meter rollout where the MAP parties will be understanding of the terrain and customers understanding the requirements. This may actually make the metering process appear slow. However, this rollout will eventually pick up with expected monthly run rate of 20,000 with total of at least 500,000 meters rolled out within the next two years period,” the Executive Director explained.
Mr. Ejoor assured Ondo south customers that BEDC was expectant that the power generation plant in Ore nearing completion in which the state government is involved and the addition of other independent power supply from the planned initiative would permanently result in major power supply improvement in Ondo state.
He noted that Ondo South with many communities in the Ore, Okitipupa axis were in darkness because despite a 75MW power requirement, only 20MW power was available for sale at Ondo TCN, stressing however that the recently completed breaker for the 15MVA transformer by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) would assist in reducing the gap when the ongoing line rehabilitation was completed.
“We implore our customers to note that the power sector improvement process is a journey and not a race and that with your collective support by prompt payment of bills and honoring of their obligations, we will all shall get to our desired destination faster and all participants benefit from better power supply.” he added.
Mr. Ejoor opined that the MAP scheme will assist in reducing customers’ complaints on metering, wrong and estimated billings which currently accounts for about 60per cent, saying that BEDC would continually improve service delivery to customers.Also speaking the Chief State Head, Ondo/Ekiti state, Mrs. Kunbi Labiyi had listed some recent power supply improvement projects in Ondo to include; construction of 5no dedicated lines with up to 24/7 power supply to promote industrialization and security of the state, noting that customers connected to these lines include universities, banks, polytechnics, hotels, shopping complex and eateries among others.
“After having no power supply for over 5years, Ifetedo and Okeigbo communities had their power supply restored after major rehabilitation done to the infrastructures”, Mrs. Labiyi spoke further.
While saying that average of 25,984MW of electricity is delivered to the state monthly, the Chief State Head noted that about 14per cent of power generated is lost due to poor network infrastructure, while about 36per cent of power supplied to households were wasted due to inefficient management of its use.
She enjoined customers to cooperate with enumerators who have been going round some of the locations in Ondo state saying that BEDC “is committed to improving service delivery to you”.