By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Tuesday, flagged off the construction of 33KV power supply line from Ile-Ife to Garage-Olode (Awolowo Town) and Ifetedo/Garage Olode.
The power project intervention is coming after 10 years of power outage in the affected areas
This is even as the residents of the benefiting communities erupted in huge jubilation to register their enthusiasms and joy on the restoration of power supply by the state government.
The execution of the power project will see to the extension of 33KV power supply line from Ajebandele Ile-Ife to Garage-Olode (Awolowo town) and by extension, Ifetedo.
The power intervention efforts will also help to power towns and villages such as Iyanfoworogi, Aye Coker, Aye-Oba, Wanikin Eleja, Egbejoda, Idi Obi and Ali Ahanran in the first phase, and when completed, the project will cover the entire Ife South Local Government and the LCDA.
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Garage-Olode, Ife-South Local Government Area, Oyetola who reiterated that his administration was irrevocably committed to uplifting the socio-economic life of the citizens, said the project occupied a strategic place in his government’s agenda to empower the benefiting communities to contribute substantially to the development of the state.
He said his government has been working closely with Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to ensure quick and prompt delivery of the project.
Oyetola said: “As you know, our engineers have commenced erection of electric poles concurrently from both Olode and Ifetedo areas.
“Ifetedo currently experiences epileptic electricity supply. We, therefore, envisage that there might be problems in the future, hence, we want to link Ifetedo to the line under construction.
“Part of the reason this project has been delayed up till now is that we have been seeking a permanent solution rather than a palliative. We know our people only deserve the best and our community cannot continue to play second fiddle to any other town.
“The old electricity supply approach under the Benin Electricity Company meant that the Olode community and environs were not prioritised in the distribution of electricity, as power had to be supplied to Ondo, Ile Oluji, Oke Ogbo before reaching Ifetedo.
“The implication of this is that the megawatt remaining was barely sufficient for our people. The result of our dealing with this matter very frontally and in the interest of our people is what has culminated into today’s event.”
Governor Oyetola who applauded the people of the areas for their unflinching support before, during and after his emergence as governor, said, “I must assure you all that our Administration will never forget your kind gesture towards us, especially during the last election.”
In his remarks, Commissioner for Water Resources and Energy, Dr. Amidu Tadese Raheem, commended the prompt intervention, which according to him, will go a long way to restore the lost glory of the communities in terms of socioeconomic and commercial activities in the affected areas.
The Executive Director (Networks), Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Engr. Ife-Oluwa Oyedele, lauded Oyetola for continually taking the welfare and general wellbeing of the people as his topmost priority.
Oyedele, who rated the company as one of the foremost electricity distribution outfits in Nigeria, assured the government of quality and standard service delivery just as he hinted that the project would be completed within 100 days.
Earlier in their separate remarks, the Olubosin of Ifetedo, Oba Akinola Akinrera, and the Olu of Olode, Oba David Omisore, expressed their profound gratitude to the governor for taking their subjects out of protracted darkness that had paralysed the socio-economic activities of the areas in the last 10 years.