By Kemi Olatunde & Adekola Afolabi
The total blackout which has been prevalent in the southern senatorial districts of Ondo State would become a thing of the past within the next four months.
The Chief Executive Officer and the Administrator of the NDDC, Mr Effiong Akwa disclosed this yesterday at the site of 132 KVA power transmission station at Erinje in Okitipupa local government area of the state
Akwa noted that the project had attained 85% completion noting that all hands had been on deck to facilitate its quick completion for the benefit of the people.
The NDDC CEO maintained that the commission would release all needed funds within the next two months to facilitate quick completion of the power project.
When completed, the project would supply power to the five local governments in the south including Okitipupa, Irele, Ese-Odo, Ilaje, and Odigbo.
Akwa enjoined the host communities to guard against the destruction of the project.
The CEO who said the project is very critical to the Commission as it is desirable to Nigeria, said the project has got to the point of no return, adding “it is no retreat, no surrender”.
He said the NDDC is fully committed to provide “light and life” to the people in the five affected local government areas.
Earlier at the commissioning of three waste trucks donated by the NDDC to Ondo State, Mr. Effiong Akwa, said they were in the state to interface with the people of the Niger-Delta region to make a difference and ameliorate their sufferings, stressing that NDDC is determined to build a Niger-Delta that everybody would be proud of through execution of impactful programmes and projects.
The CEO particularly lauded the Governor for his various infrastructural development across the state, saying his road infrastructural projects across the three senatorial districts of the state have brought a new hope to the people including farmers in the rural areas.
He said the construction of Okitipupa/Igbokoda bypass road as well as Ore flyover which have eliminated accidents would remain some of the greatest achievements of the Governor.
According to him, the Commission is ready to partner with the Governor and other relevant stakeholders to develop the mandate areas.
He lauded Governor Akeredolu for his passion to have deep sea Port, saying the deep seaport when completed would further ensure massive economic activities and attract investors to the state.
Governor of Ondo state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu said his passion and commitment to the restoration of electricity to the southern part of the state was total.
Akeredolu assured the people of the southern senatorial district that the long awaited power would be restored in few months.
Earlier, the governor had charged the NDDC to commission the Erinje 132KVA Transmission Station to quickly restore power to the South, saying that the only way to restore power to the south is to get the 132KVA Transmission Station commissioned.
He advised the NDDC to always live up to expectation of driving sustainable development to the Niger-Delta region and positively impact the lives of the people.
The Governor also advised the NDDC to invest more on skills acquisition programmes to create jobs in the region.
“On our own, we have done some mini- grids here and there, and through the World Bank we are putting some grids, solar that will go to areas where we don’t have lines”, the Governor added.
He disclosed that the state is blessed with many mineral resources, including Bitumen, Dimensional stones and encouraged NDDC to collaborate with his administration to harness its various investment potential for the benefit of the people.