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Community in Oyo State Gets Light After 30 Months of Power Outage

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Abiola Ajimobi Oyo State Governor

Ibadan (NAN) – The people of Ona-Ara Local Government Area (LGA) of Oyo State on Friday had a lot to smile about after two and a half years of power outage.

The formal commencement of electricity supply to the area by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) gave the residents much joy.

The power outage was the aftermath of the burning down of the defunct PHCN sub-station at Olorunsogo area by hoodlums during the January 2012 nationwide fuel subsidy protest.

The development had paralysed the socio-economic activities in the entire Ona-Ara LGA and other neighbouring areas, with repeated calls from the residents for the restoration of light.

The Oyo State Governor,  Abiola Ajimobi, described the rehabilitation of the two 15MVA and 33/11KV as a thing of joy to him and his government.

“Thirty months ago, during the 2012 fuel subsidy crisis, a demonstration against government was capitalized upon by some unscrupulous persons in the society to inflict the  pain of darkness on this peace-loving community.

“For the period of this darkness, government was bothered by the various complaints of our people from Ona-Ara to look into their plight of darkness,’’ he said while speaking at the inauguration of the rehabilitated sub-station by IBEDC.

The governor said the state government was helpless in the situation and could not come to the rescue of the people of the area.

“Since power generation and distribution are not in the confines of the powers of a state government, the Oyo State Government could not help other than to constantly appeal to and nudge the then NEPA and the IBEDC to restore power to our people of Ona-Ara,’’ he said.

Ajimobi said the Chairman of the area’s council was consequently directed to constantly dialogue with the community members and the IBEDC in this respect.

“In this regard, I am aware that the Chairman constituted a dialogue body between stakeholders in the community which comprised religious bodies, landlords and other stakeholders in Ona-Ara.

“The result of this were the several meetings with the IBEDC authorities and the pledge by the latter,’’ he said

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

9 Comments

  1. bruno

    August 29, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Nigeria,the land of milk and honey. One of the best countries in the world is nigeria.

  2. ROBINAHOOD

    August 30, 2014 at 6:56 am

    FAIL!

  3. moi

    August 30, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Thank God o. My parents live in this area, aba onde and they survive on gen! The annoying thing is they can’t use the gen over night in their estate do they’ve never had light throughout the night for 2 bloody years!

  4. Amani

    August 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Well, there are communitIES in Ebonyi state where they haven’t ever seen electricity. Good for them anyways

  5. me2me

    August 30, 2014 at 10:52 am

    All thanks to the President for Privatizing PHCN. Well the community destroyed the light so….. Im sure its some Oil guy that sent them. This Subsidy must be removed

  6. suliat folashade

    August 31, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Good, but for my area, no light sha

  7. Khaleesi

    August 31, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    na wa. a whle 2 1/2 years.

    giant of africa ke

  8. ijebu boy

    September 1, 2014 at 1:39 am

    30 months… geez…

  9. pssh

    September 1, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Next time they shouldn’t burn down their transformer

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