By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
There was chaos on Thursday when a fallen cable belonging to Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) allegedly electrocuted a student of Eyaen Secondary School in Benin, Edo state.
The death of the 13-year-old teenager, Benedict Sani, was reported to have stepped on the abandoned electricity cable at the premises of the school before he gave up the ghost.
The tragedy was caused by a sagging electricity cable brought down by a windstorm two days ago.
It was gathered that angry students of the school however went on the rampage and blocked the Benin-Auchi-Abuja expressway after the incident.
The protesting students set bonfire, while motorists and pedestrians were stranded for several hours.
But the intervention of combined security team however saved the situation from degenerating.
The Head of Communication, BEDC, Adekule Tayo, who confirmed the incident said “we are yet to get full details of accident from our field officers. As soon as we get the reports, we will commence full scale investigation”.
Spokesman of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Comrade Osazee, described the death of the JSS3 student as sad, stressing that the development has once again confirmed the worry of the citizens that the BEDC has not lived up to its billings.
“It is very unfortunate that it is happening at a time Edo Civil Society Organisations has been probing the privatisation process and efficiency of the players in the distribution of electricity and the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in particular.
“Our Rapid Response Team is already on the ground for on the spot assessment and to ensure that justice is done in this matter”, he said.
In the meantime, a Non-Governmental Organization, “You First” has keyed into the Education policy of Edo state Government.
The organisation made the disclosure while donating instructional materials to the pupils of Eyaen Primary School in Uhunmwode Local Government Area in the State.
The founder of the group, Miss Edith Isokpan, said the initiative was to aid teaching and learning at the basic level affordable and accessible for all.
Isokpan appealed to well-meaning organisations and other philanthropic organisations to complement the government efforts in education sector.
“These children are the future of this generation and we have seen that the state government is very keen on reforming educational system.
The State Chairman of Accord Party, Joseph Omorogbe, accompanied the donor on the trip.