The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, had been in darkness alongside millions of Edo State residents for weeks.

The governor, obviously not pleased with the situation on Tuesday, asked the Managing Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Funke Osibodu, to leave his office for “failing to meet obligations to electricity consumers in the state.

The mild drama was said to have played out while the governor was receiving members of the Federal House of Representatives Committee on Power who were in the Government House on a courtesy visit.

According to a statement from the Edo State Government, the governor was surprised to see the BEDC boss among the lawmakers as her name was not on the list of expected guests.

Speaking to the delegation after Osibodu had left the gathering, the governor said the BEDC had continued to fail in collaborating with the state government to provide stable electricity in the state.

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Obaseki said, “The BEDC has been an obstacle all the way. They will not provide electricity and will not allow you to get alternative sources of power. The state will not allow it.

“As governor of Edo State, we have lost confidence in the BEDC. We don’t want them here. We are in darkness. Let us remain in darkness until we find people who are capable of delivering electricity.  This is our position.”

According to the governor, despite the fact that the state generates about 600 to 700 megawatts of electricity, the people are still in darkness.

He accused the BEDC of being noncommittal about the issue of power distribution, saying, “To assist, we set up electricity committee across the local government areas chaired by the Deputy Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, with the BEDC as a member, to understand the challenge. But the BEDC frustrated our resolve to finding a lasting solution to the issue of providing electricity to our people.”

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