The Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc have given electricity-starved residents of Magboro, Mowe, Ibafo and other Ogun communities the assurance that they will be soon connected to the national grid.
The Managing Director, NDPHC, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, who visited Ogun State on Friday to inspect the 33KV line constructed by the company from Oke-Aro to Magboro, said most part of the line had been energised.
He said the line, which was constructed to serve Magboro, Mowe, Ibafo and others, was currently being energised by a new contractor after the initial contractor did a shoddy job.
He added that the Oke-Aro 330/132/33kV transmission substation, which was built under the National Integrated Power Project by the NDPHC, was an intervention from the government.
Ugbo, during a courtesy visit to Punch Place, headquarters of Punch Nigeria Limited in Ogun State, said, “I just came in as the MD to check the line, to see what is happening and to make sure that we are on course.
He said, “We have energised the line up to MFM now; it is part of the commissioning test, which involved putting power on it and watching it for a period of time to see if it can stay, and it has stayed now for two days. And we are doing the part from MFM to Mowe.
“We have also discussed with the IBEDC that since this area is apparently now okay, they can connect some areas of Magboro that have not had electricity for a long time.”
Ugbo said he had made a commitment to the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that the communities would be connected.
He explained that the company was working with the IBEDC towards the completion of the energisation of the line, adding that the Disco would then distribute power to the communities.
“From here (Oke-Aro) to MFM has been energised. But they (IBEDC) are saying they want everything completed before they can connect. I said they should connect these people. The fear is that I may abandon them midway, and I have given them my word that until the whole line is complete, we are not going to drop out,” he stated.
The Regional Technical Manager, Ogun Region, IBEDC, Mr. Felix Abiodun, said the distribution company was ready to connect the communities whose part of the line had been energised.
He stated, “We are supposed to take three feeders from this station. Two have been on for almost two years. Since then, we have been anticipating that this project will be delivered so that we will now use it to feed the entire people of Magboro, Ibafo, Mowe, Asese and others. But it has not come to life.
“As soon as they energised, after one day, it tripped. The hope that we are having is that very soon, they will get it right and then we will take over and supply the communities.”
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ucak (Nigeria) Limited, the new contractor, Mr. Uche Akunaeziri, said, “We are 85 per cent done. We have done the major job. The light can be restored up to Deeper Life now.
“The NDPHC MD has given us the marching order to make sure everything is working within the next 24 or 48 hours. By the grace of God, we will get it done.”topics from