Edo Communities Lament Total Blackout Amid COVID-19 Sit At Home Order
With the lockdown and sit at home order by President Muhammad Buhari and some state governs across some states of the federation, untold hardship is now upon some communities in Benin City, Edo state, NAIJA CENTER has learnt.
Though Edo state was not included in the lockdown announced by President Muhammad Buhari, the governor of the state Godwin Obaseki had imposed some restrictions which necessitated some residents of the state to sit at home as a mechanism aimed at combating the spread of the COVOD-19 pandemic.
With this in mind, the onus is on the government to implement some cushioning effects to ameliorate the plights of citizens that are akin to the restriction of movements.
But that appears not to be the case, as residents of Ogheghe Erosoyen community, in Sapele road, a community in Benin City have decried the total blackout since November 2019.
Some residents who spoke to NAIJA CENTER correspondent said that “Nobody is telling anyone what the problem is, rumours have it that the fault is from Oghoghobi community to Ologbo both in Sapele road.
“We need all relevant authorities to please come to our aid, we can’t buy things down nor cook to put in the fridge during this order of stay at home.
“Why are we in total black out, the little money to buy food stuff at home is now been used for fuel and diesel daily, people now hear news via fake rumors due to the total blackout.”
Further investigation by our correspondent reveals that other communities like Erediauwa, Evboriaria, etc visited showed that the story is not different, however, their situation is that of rationing of power. They usually have between three hours to six hours daily, though not consistent and regular.
A community leader who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, confirmed the poor power situation in these communities, saying that it has reached an alarming situation.
He said: “It’s not something new at all. We don’t understand the light again in this area. For months now, there have been no light. If they manage to bring it, it won’t stay up to an hour.
He continued, “Last month we had a protest in which the federal road of Sapele-Warri road was blocked and no vehicle was allowed to pass, yet no improvement.”
When NAIJA CENTER spoke to an official of BEDC, who simply identified himself as Daniel, he corroborated the stories of the residents, noting that it was due to technical issues from the source, in Oghara, Delta State.
“Not that I am not aware, we are aware. They normally give them light, sometimes three hours, other times it could last for six hours. Do you understand what I am saying? Not regular as it should be.”
When asked why the power should be that poor and what was responsible. he added, “they normally give them light from Oghara, Delta State, and the stream to Sapele road may not be enough and that is the problem.”
On what the BEDC was doing to solve the situation, he noted that they have informed their technical team to look into the situation. “The transformer is okay, it’s just the line from Oghara that is responsible. The technical people can work on the line that link these communities to Oghara.”