Mogadishu residents bemoan electricity service costs..


    Allhage after investigation taken long time we displays Allhage Friend s the reay Change foced for Somali Capital Mogadishu Six months ago, seven private electricity companies in Mogadishu merged to form the Banadir Electricity Company (BECO) after operating separately for the last 20 years.

    The merger aimed to streamline electricity provision and upgrade the grid in the capital city, but since the merger, Mogadishu residents have been complaining about the high cost of services and say they want the government to intervene.

    Before the merger, each household paid only for the electricity they consumed. This is similar to what electric companies in texas in the United States, do for their customers, but now BECO has issued a new minimum rate of $10 for each service location.

    For many residents who rely on remittances from abroad, the new fees are prohibitive.

    Marwaan he is Villagers in Benaadir and share with Allhage electricity was cut off when she failed to pay her $89 bill on time.

    Standing at one of the BECO centres in Hamar Weyne Market, she said the company had refused to restore her electricity because of her late payment.

    “My family survives on remittances from abroad, and sometimes it comes late,” she told Allhage. “The problem I am facing now is that I have already paid the money, but they have refused to restore my electricity because the company told me that I have broken the rule that every person has to pay the bill within the first five days of each month or they will be without electricity.”

    “We are suffering due to the high rate and the lack of an alternative company that provides this service in the city,” she said.

    BECO provides electricity services to the entire city of Mogadishu except for government agencies, telecommunications companies and major hotels that own private electric generators.

    Mr Kadiye he is -old business owner who returned to Mogadishu in June after living in the United Kingdom for 15 years, said the high cost of electricity is negatively impacting his ability to create jobs and in turn this is hurting people being able to survive as well as himself, considering the cost of living now.

    Salad opened the Barrow Ice Factory, which serves hotels, restaurants and traders who then resell the ice in neighbourhoods.

    Every month he spends between $500 and $600 each on electricity, which he said cuts into his profits and limits his ability to reinvest and expand his business.

    “Our company uses its own electric generators, but we use the electricity when we have to turn off the generators and the cost we are charged for that use is too high,” he said.

    BECO operations manager Isse Mohamed said the cost of electricity remains high in Mogadishu because it is produced through generators that require diesel fuel, which also makes them more vulnerable to fluctuating costs of oil in the market.

    Adding to the costs, he said, is the work the company is undertaking to rebuild the infrastructure needed to reliably distribute electricity throughout the city.

    Since the companies merged, he said, large diesel generators have been placed in every neighbourhood, and new vehicles enable company employees to quickly respond to the needs of the people.

    BECO also organised loose wires that had posed a safety hazard, particularly during wet weather, and has introduced electricity poles,

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    By wariye Bile Labis


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