Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has urged authorities of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria to urgently rectify the fault along the Osogbo/Akure 330kv transmission line which has thrown parts of Ekiti and Ondo State to darkness since last week Monday.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Information and Civic Orientation, Hon. Lanre Ogunsuyi, who made the call during a visit to the District Business Manager of the BEDC in Ado-Ekiti, expressed dissatisfaction of the state governor, Mr Ayo Fayose with the power situation in the state adding that the company should not bring unnecessary suffering to the people of the state as the situation has crippled many businesses that rely mainly on electricity to operate.
The Special Assistant stressed that Governor Fayose would not tolerant any form of suffering of the people adding that he would not continue to watch people suffer for no just reason.
Disclosing that the Governor had approved the release of a sum N5 million to BEDC in Ifaki Ekiti as a palliative measure for better service delivery, Ogunsuyi appealed to people in the state not to take laws into their hands by vandalizing BEDC installations.
Wondering why the past administration should owe BEDC to the tune of over N130 million within four years, Ogunsuyi promised that he would ensure that the present administration look into the debt profile and payment as soon as possible.
He enjoined the people to exercise more patience assuring that all hands are on deck to overcome the present challenges in the sector.
Responding, the Business District Manager for Ado-Ekiti, Engr O.K Ajani said efforts were in top gear to rectify the problem along the Osogbo-Akure 330KV lines which supplies power to the Ado-Ekiti, Akure, Igbara-Oke and Owo supply districts.
Ajani said the task of rectifying the problem was tedious as the transmission lines pass through thick forest and very difficult terrain.
He disclosed that the new injection substations at Agric Olope Area, Ise-Ekiti and Oye were already been commissioned for use as part of efforts to improve supply in the State.
Urging people of the State to conserve energy by switching off their bulbs and other appliances when not in use, Ajani disclosed that large quantities of prepaid meters were already available in the State.
He added that only 15 megawatts of electricity are accessed by the state which according to was grossly inadequate.