Consequential Motion By Edo State House Of Assembly At The End Ofthe Meeting Between Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) And The Civil Society Groups (NOCSON And Congos), On The 19th May, 2016
Sequel to the mass protest organised by Network Of civil Society Organisations of Nigeria (NOCSON) where a new chapter was opened in the history of human rights activism in Nigeria by occupying and holding a vigil at the exploitative BEDC headquarters to press home our demand that we reject the hike in electricity tarriff, the House of Assembly under the speaker-ship of Hon Elizabeth Ativie after presentations from representatives of BEDC and NOCSON in the presence of representative of CONGOS arrived at the following resolutions on the 19th of May, 2016:
1. BEDC should provide meters for all its customers in Edo State and replace obsolete ones within six (6) months.
2. Give notice to customers at least fifteen (15) days before disconnecting their light.
3. BEDC should henceforth stop cluster (outrageous estimated) billings in Edo State.
4. BEDC should stop the use of the police and military to intimidate its customers in Edo State.
5. BEDC should reconnect areas already affected by mass disconnection in Edo State within one week, especially Edo North and Central Senatorial District.
6. BEDC should create an effective and efficient public and community relation office in Edo State.
7. Civil Society Groups and indeed all Edo people should conduct themselves peacefully while steps are taken to resolve all issues.
8. Edo State House of Assembly Committee on Energy shall evaluate progress report and brief Madam Speaker in a fortnight.
9. Bypassing of meter is criminal and should be stopped.
10. BEDC should step down Ohordua Community Electrification Project.
It must be noted that Parliament all over the world whether state or national is not a toothless bulldog, it has the parliamentary power of turning a man into a woman.
Kudos to the House of Assembly for taking side with the people.