We’ll restore power to the South-Akeredolu
By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has again expressed deep concern about lack of power supply to most parts of the southern part of the state.
Akeredolu while addressing a cross section of residents of Okitipupa in the town, said no government would be comfortable seeing a large percentage of its population living in darkness.
He said his administration since inception in 2017 has taken up the issue of public power supply to parts of the state with appropriate authorities almost on daily basis.
Akeredolu noted that Ondo State and other states being serviced by BEDC have even threatened to pull out their shareholdings in BEDC to make them act on the plight of the people and possibly look for a credible investor to service them.
The governor said he was mounting pressures on the Federal Government to enable the state access the Omotosho Power Plant and the state owned Independent Power Holding in Ore to ease the power problem of the state.
While urging the people to keep exercising patient, the governor said his administration has continued to employ some stop gap measures like the construction of mini grids and solar power to ameliorate the pains of power supply to the people.
Parts of the efforts of the State Government at addressing power supply in the state include the ongoing power plant project at Ugbonla and the Independent Power Plant project at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology to cover the University campus and some parts of Okitipupa and Igbokoda.
Akeredolu, however, regretted that mini grids do not have the energy capacity to service cities like Okitipupa otherwise the State Government would have provided for the town like it did in communities like Aboto, Ebute Ipare,Igbobini and Gbagira
He assured that the aggregate efforts of his administration would in no distant future yield positive results that bring enough power supply to every household across the southern part of the state.
Parts of the creative efforts of the State Government at addressing public power supply in the state include the ongoing power plant project at Ugbonla and the Independent Power Plant project at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology to cover the University campus and some parts of Okitipupa and Igbokoda.