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Published On: Tue, Jan 30th, 2018

Edo Assembly proposes jail term for energy theft

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From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Edo state House of Assembly has proposed a Bill that could send energy thieves, electricity vandals and other related matters to jail upon conviction.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Ajoto Kabiru, said the Bill which seeks to among others, address the logjam among electricity users and service providers in Edo state, would be accorded its first reading when the house resume plenary.
Ajoto disclosed this during the graduation Ceremony of Class 2017 third graduate trainees/second batch of Technicians’ jointly facilitated by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and Elizade University, Ondo state.
The Speaker, who spoke through the house Committee Chairman on Energy and Water resources, Hon. Chris Okaeben, however did not give details of the fate of electricity users in Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states which BEDC also operates.
He said: “On our part, as a legislature, there is a Bill before the house to penalise those who are bye passing metres arising from petitions from members of the public.”
He commended the organization for helping to reduce the widening unemployment gap in the Country and for fulfilling its Corporate social Responsibility (CSR).
Managing Director, BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, assured that the 75 graduates and 18 Technicians trainees would help to strengthen of the company for efficient service delivery.
She revealed that the graduates were exposed to military training, safety, customers, management, electricity and technical leadership, adding that over 500 persons have been trained in the partnership scheme which begun in 2015 ahead of the 1000 target.

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