The authorities of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) on Monday said it has disconnected the Delta State University (DELSU) over a debt of N35,000, adding that since December 2017, the university had been indebted to it, and had not made any efforts to offset the debt.
The Public Relations Manager, BEDC Edo/Delta State, Mrs. Esther Okolie, said: We had to disconnect DELSU after series of letters written to its management about the N35, 000 debt, instead, it paid deaf ears, and we will not reconnect it until DELSU pay the debt. BEDC does not run charity organization, so there is need for bills to be paid”.
But the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Victor Peretomode, who confirmed the N35, 000 debt, said: “BEDC has not been doing well in area of bills, its bills had been too outrageous. We asked for a review, BEDC refuses, and we stay disconnected for now”.
Speaking further, BEDC spokesperson, Mrs. Esther Okolie disclosed that BEDC had demanded that the outstanding bill must be cleared before it could reconnect the light, while DELSU management said it had regulated the load it was carrying to reduce the monthly bill with a view to coping with the monthly and outstanding bills to BEDC which was pegged at N7,000 monthly.