By Josephine Oguntoyinbo
Ondo State House of Assembly has described electricity as a strategic tool for the development of the nation.
The Chairman, House Committee on Public Utilities and Transport and other related matters, Stephen Abitogun stated this when he led other members on a familiarization visit to the State Electricity Board.
He said “the board is a very strategic one to the development of our industries and even social life because light is life, without light, you hardly can achieve anything tangible”.
He commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his efforts in ensuring that life is meaningful for the people of the State and the Commissioner for putting the board on the right track .
He pointed out that a team be set up to examine the gray areas of the electricity law that will be of benefit to the State, noting that the board should come up with activities that will be more impactful on tax payers.
While assuring the board of legislative supports, he advised them to always let the Assembly know when they are embarking on a community project.
Other members enjoined the board to be more focused, change their approach to work, as high level of performance is expected of them.
Earlier in his address, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Rasaq Obe while reeling out the activities and achievements of the board stated that its functions include provision and distribution of power supply to the nooks and crannies of the State.
He said the issue of electricity is as critical as road and other Infrastructures, stressing that the board will soon embark on the distribution of power where there is none.
He said “Ondo State is poised to become a State where we have total control of our power, in the next three to five years, we will be a State that won’t have to worry on the issue of power generation.We are making projection to have power that will cater for the population growth”.
He, however, solicited for strong support from the Lawmakers so that the efforts of the board would come to fruition.