The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has offered scholarships to two daughters of its late staff member, Augustine Izekor, who was electrocuted on October 26, at Evbodia community, a suburb in Benin City.
The firm also offered financial compensation to the widow and family to enable them to give a befitting burial to the late Izekor, who was attached to Ogba sub-region office of BEDC and electrocuted while carrying out the disconnection of a customer along Ogba Estate gate road, off Airport road, Benin City, Edo State.
Recall that the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Commissioner, legal licensing and compliance, Mr. Dafe Akpeneye, had waded in the matter following “disconnection” between BEDC and the deceased family over the death of 52-year-old Izekor. He directed BEDC to urgently do the needful, to ameliorate the pains of the children, widow and the family.
In compliance with the NERC’s directives, BEDC on November 10, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with members of the Izekor’s family at a meeting held at the company’s corporate Headquarters, Benin City, Edo State.
The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Deolu Ijose, and one Esanye Mayor represented the company, while the deceased elder brother, Friday Izekor, and the eldest daughter, and also the next of kin, Jennifer Izekor, signed on behalf of the family.
The Guardian learnt that the family of late Izekor and representatives of BEDC had a series of meetings, after which they agreed “that the matter be settled amicably without litigation.
In the MoU, sighted by The Guardian, “the family is to enjoy some compensations following the tragic accident
“BEDC shall give to the family of late Izekor N1million as burial support for the deceased. Pay the tuition fees of the late Izekor first and second daughters, Miss Jennifer Izekor and Annabel Izekor for their four years of university programmes.
“BEDC shall give vacation job to Miss Jennifer Izekor on a part time basis during her school holidays, and the company shall serve as her place of primary assignment during her service year if posted by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to any of BEDC franchise states, and provide full employment to Miss Jennifer Izekor after her graduation from the university.”