Igbokoda gets power as Osinbajo commissions BEDC, NDPHC restoration project
Residents of Igbokoda in Ilaje Ese Odo Local Government in Ondo South senatorial zone, who had resigned to living without electricity in the last five years, were enveloped with joy last Wednesday, when the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, inaugurated the power project that restored power to the community.
The project was facilitated by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), and Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).With the commissioning by the Vice-President, flanked by Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; Executive Director, Commercial of BEDC, Abu Ejoor; Chief Technical Officer, (CTO) Ashok Acharya, and officials of NDPHC, 10 out of the 21 distribution substations in the Igbokoda community came on with power supply, thus illuminating the town.
The substations that were energised as at Wednesday include: Larada, General Hospital Secretariat road substation, Ikuomola, Ilara, Orioketilu, Church substation, Okoga College road/Omotehin, GRA1, GRA4/NDDC and Broadstreet substations.The project, which is an ongoing exercise, is expected to extend to Okitipupa and other parts of Ondo South senatorial zone in due course.
The restoration, achieved by BEDC with the speedy rehabilitation of the power project in conjunction with NDPHC under the National Independent Power Project (NIPP), will bring positive effect on the social and economic activities in the area.
The zone has always been the central town for inhabitants of the Ondo South senatorial district, comprising of Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Odigbo and Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo local governments, due to the presence of several amenities.The communities believe that, if the problem of power supply is addressed, other improvements will follow. Power outage has greatly affected social and economic activities in the area.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government had listened to the residents of communities under Ondo South senatorial zone over their power rehabilitation project, and had directed NIPP to join forces with BEDC for the speedy rehabilitation of the whole network across four local governments namely: Okitipupa, Ese-Odo, Irele, and Ilaje local governments in four phases.
Indications to this effect emerged recently after the joint team of BEDC engineers and the NIPP officials worked on the Okitipupa 33Kv overhead line project, which covered the aforementioned local government areas in line with the schedule for the commencement of the whole network rehabilitation.
BEDC it will be recalled, had commenced rehabilitation work on the network but slowed down due to constraints of thick vegetation, and lengthy feeder which made the rehabilitation work prone to faults; a development which accounted for the recent protests by youths of the affected communities. As a way forward, BEDC and NDPHC had collected survey samples of other routes to be used in re-routing the affected lines for the areas under rehabilitation, as a permanent solution to hitches before the NIPP intervention support.