The Delta state University has been disconnected by the authorities of the Benin Distribution Company over a debt of N35000. The institution has been in debt of the said amount since December 2017 and had refused to offset the debt.
The Public relations manager, BEDC Edo/Delta state, Mrs. Esther Okolie, told Daily Post in Asaba that “We had to disconnect DELSU after series of letters written to its management about the N35000 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 speaking also with Daily Post, the institution’s Vice chancellor, Prof. Victor Peretomode 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”.
Investigation revealed that DELSU was having difficulty coping with the payment of the electrical bills from BEDC. It also revealed that the institution’s authorities through its bulletin dated 11th of January, 2018, with the title: “Need to monitor electricity consumption by staff and residents of the University” shows that “there was need to monitor the use of electricity in staff quarters and offices on regular basis”.
BEDC spoke person, Mrs. Okolie disclosed that BEDC had asked that the outstanding bill must be paid before it could reconnect the electrical light.