By Chris Chimezie
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to completely resolve the perennial blackout in the Southern Senatorial district of Ondo State.
Some towns and villages in the area have been in total darkness for almost a decade following disconnection of the people from the national grid by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
Addressing the council of traditional rulers at the palace of the Jegun of Idepe in Okitipupa Local Government Area, Prof. Osinbajo promised that the federal government would do everything possible to restore light in the affected communities.
He noted that some towns in the area had either been reconnected to the national grid or are currently benefitting from the solar scheme of the Ondo State Government.
He commended the traditional rulers for maintaining peace through their subjects, which according to him, has been enhancing development in the area.
“This issue of electricity is what we want to do in the ‘Next Level’ because it is of serious concern to us. Private companies don’t have enough funds to supply meters and transformers since the sale of National Electric Power Authority (NEPA), in 2005 to private companies.
Earlier, the Abodi of Ikaleland, Oba George Faduyile who expressed delight over the Vice President’s visit, commended Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring gradual restoration of electricity in Okitipupa and neighbouring local governments which have been without electricity for years.
The monarch who spoke on behalf of other traditional rulers in the local government, described as massive, the infrastructural development in the country under the APC-led federal government in terms of road, rail line and Airport constructions.
He also commended the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration in Ondo State, which he said is falling in line by re-surfacing abandoned roads riddled with potholes, trenches and damaged bridges.
Oba Faduyile who applauded Governor Akeredolu for the massive construction of roads and the Ore fly-over, described the projects as unprecedented.
The Monarch, pledged the support of all the traditional rulers in Okitipupa local government to facilitate the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the coming polls.
Similarly, the Ahaba of Ajagba, Oba Oluwole Adesayo, enjoined the Federal Government to facilitate timely restoration of electricity to the area
The Vice President also extended the House-to-House campaign to some parts of Okitipupa and Irele Local Government Areas.