Ekiti State Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi has inaugurated Electricity Regulatory Act to tackle theft and wishful vandalism of electricity equipment and installations.

He assured residents that the incessant conflict between Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and electricity consumers would soon be resolved.

The Act 2015 stipulated that vandals and theft of electricity equipment now risk two years’ jail term or pay a fine of N10 million fines.

The Act also mandated the establishment of electricity committees in the communities to monitor suspicious activities on any electricity installation or equipment and report to distribution companies (DISCOS).

Inaugurating the act at a function attended by stakeholders in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Fayemi, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, stated that the Act was enacted to protect both the suppliers and consumers of electricity.

“This regulation was made to protect suppliers and users of electricity. If you tamper with your meters or do anything untoward to the transformers, you are liable to be sanctioned.

“The electricity company, Benin Electricity Distribution Companies (BEDC), should not default in electricity supply, because such also carried penalty.”

BEDC Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Funke Osibodu noted that distribution companies lose about N30 billion daily due to activities of vandals and thefts.

She hailed the government for enacting the law, saying it would help to curb the menace of theft and boost power supply in Ekiti.

This, he said, would have a multiplier effects on the state economy and attract investors to cite industries in the state.

Osibodu, who was represented by an official of the company, Lucky Ayomoto, added that BEDC, which controls light distribution in Ekiti, Ondo, Delta and Edo states, have taken giant strides in ensuring that the economies of those states were given impetus through improved electricity supplies since assumption.

“Ekiti state Electricity Regulation Act 2015, therefore, seeks to curb and deter illegal and unauthorised use of regulated electricity supply as well as to protect electricity infrastructure.

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