FG, Ondo begin process of restoring light to Ondo South

By Adedotun Ajayi


The ifederal government has commissioned the Power Substation at Ode Erinje in Okitipupa local government area of the State.

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs,  Abubakar Momoh, commissioned the 132KV transmission line and 132KV/33KV substation, bringing hope to residents of Ondo South Senatorial District  who have endured nearly 15 years without electricity.

The Ode Erinje Power Substation, which draws its supply from the Omotosho Power Plant, is designed to illuminate over 2,000 communities, spanning five local government areas in the senatorial district.

The project, which started about ten years ago, was handled by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), with support from the Ondo State Government.

The President emphasized that the project’s completion align with the administration’s focus on sustainable development and economic growth, highlighting the crucial role of reliable power supply in driving economy and revitalizing communities.

In his address,  Governor  Lucky Aiyedatiwa, expressed his administration’s commitment to improving infrastructure and ensuring a permanent end to the prolonged blackout in the  area.

Governor Aiyedatiwa  acknowledged the unwavering support and leadership of President Tinubu in making the project possible.

He highlighted the role of the NDDC and its management under the Chairmanship of Mr. Chiedu Ebie and the Managing Director/CEO, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, for their invaluable partnership and steadfast project commitment to actualising.

The Governor emphasized the benefits of the project, including job opportunities, new investments, better healthcare, and overall socioeconomic development.

“Our administration is committed to promoting collaboration with organisations with expertise and knowledge that can complement its efforts in advancing the energy sector. To this end, our government has been engaging with power companies, technology providers, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders to generate innovative solutions towards enhancing electricity generation, transmission, and distribution in the State,” he added.

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The Governor urged the community to protect the infrastructure, highlighting the collective duty to safeguard the substation and allied facilities from vandalism.

Earlier in his opening address, the Chairman, NDDC governing board, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, stated that the project is a key component of the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda, highlighting its significance due to the critical role of electricity in achieving sustainable development in the state and in Nigeria at large.

In his remarks, the Managing Director/CEO of NDDC, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, noted that Ondo State is one of the few states where NDDC projects remained free from vandalism. He commended the governor for maintaining a crime-free state.

In his goodwill message, Oba Oladele Fredrick, the Orungberuwa-Elect of Ode Erinje, expressed  joy over the development, saying that the absence of electricity has caused the community significant hardship.

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