Relief as Lagos replaces 58-year-old transformer
Kudeyibu Estate in Ijegun, Alapere also get
AS part of the ongoing ‘Light Up Lagos’ initiative, the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday donated a 500KVA transformer to residents of Palmgroove Estate in Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of the state.
The donation, which threw the Palmgroove Estate into frenzy, brought to an end the 58-year-old reign of the sitting transformer, much to the relief of residents. Ambode also donated transformers to two communities in Alapere and Ijegun to boost electricity supply in their localities.
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wale Oluwo, who presented the gifts on behalf of the governor, said the governor had read about the plight of the residents in a report published by The Guardian, in which they appealed to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) to come to their aid to replace their aging transformers.
The transformer at Palmgroove Estate, according to the residents, was installed in 1958 and had become problematic in the last 10 years, causing it to develop fault weekly.
President of Palmgroove Estate Residents’ Association, Captain Jide George, said the prompt manner with which the governor responded to their plight was worthy of emulation by other leaders, saying it was an eloquent testimony of leadership by example.
“This is very much unprecedented. I never believed that such a thing could happen where you would just put something in the papers and the governor would respond to it expeditiously. All of us are behind him and we want to say thank you to the governor,” George said.
Also, the chairman of Abanishe Loluwa CDA, Kudeyibu Estate in Ijegun, Mr. Lawal Jelili, commended the governor for the prompt response to their plight by replacing their transformer eight months after it was taken away.
Two other residents of the Estate, Dr. Ladi Awosika and Mr. Akintunde Adeyinka commended the governor’s response to their plight.
Oluwo, in his remarks, said Ambode was of the view that if the electricity distribution companies were not making the right investment, the people would wallow in darkness, hence, his administration is poised to alleviate the suffering of Lagos residents.
He said: “This is part of the Light Up Lagos Project. I want the residents of Lagos to understand that the project is not all about streetlights. The intention of Light Up Lagos is to continue to intervene to facilitate the overall equation of delivering power to our people.
“It will be interesting to note that the governor read about the plight of the residents yesterday (Friday) in the papers and we are dropping the transformer today (Saturday) here and in two other locations. After here, we are going to Alapere to drop another one and then, Ijegun to drop the third one today,” Oluwo said.