NDDC set to end 15 years blackout in Okitipupa, Ondo State
The 15 years blackout in Okitipupa, Ondo State is about to finally come to an end with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) set to complete the 132/33kv sub-station.
NDDC Executive Director, Projects, Charles Ogunmola, who visited the site in Okitipupa, said the project which is at 95% completion will be finished in three months’ time.
Ogunmola stated that the NDDC is committed to providing electricity to oil-producing communities in Ondo South Senatorial District that have been without electricity for as long as 15 years.
He also added that the speedy completion of the sub-station in Okitipupa will help achieve that goal and move the people from the 20th century to the 21st.
“We are committed to lighting up the seven local government areas and the oil-producing communities in Ondo South Senatorial District that have not been connected to the National Grid for the past 15 years.
“The NDDC is ready to restore light to the Niger Delta coastline of Ondo State and also wants the Project Commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari as soon as possible.
“I am from Ondo State, so the project is more important to me. Our people must finally get out of the blackout that has befallen them for the past 13 years.”
According to Ogunmola, the completion of the sub-station project will boost economic activities in Ondo State, address the people’s needs and improve their living standards.
He added that the NDDC was also working towards diversifying the region’s economy from being oil-dependent to other sectors such as agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing.
“The provision of electricity will stimulate economic activities in the region, attract investment and create job opportunities. This is a step towards achieving sustainable development and reducing poverty in the region.”
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, speaking through his Energy and Mineral Resources Commissioner, Hon. Rasaq Obe, expressed happiness that the residents of the council areas would soon say bye-bye to darkness.