The Board and Management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc. (BEDC) said it was considering alternative sources of power supply, aside the national grid, to end the power problem in its covering areas.
Henry Ajagbawa, the Managing Director of the BEDC disclosed this on Friday when he led the company management team on a courtesy visit to the palace of the Olu of Warri, His Majesty, Ogiame Atuwatse III in Warri.
Ajagbawa explained that the consideration of the independent sources of power became necessary, due to the constraints in the generation end of the electricity value chain in the country.
The BEDC boss who said who said the company oversees distribution of electricity in four states of Edo, Delta Ondo and Ekiti however, expressed fears of non-payment for energy consumed by the customers in its franchise states.
“I think Nigerians are tired of excuses. Everywhere you go there is no power and the era of explanation is long gone.
“Today, we have constraints from the generation part of the value chain, we are getting less than 40 per cent of what we require to be able to sell to our communities.
“The average customers do not care what happens because all they want is electricity.
“There are alternative sources apart from the grid and we want to begin to engage those sources to see how we can begin to alleviate the problems we have today.
“But the crisis of non-payment is also an issue. If am able to bring independent sources, can I get assurance that there will be payment?,” he said.