After years of unfulfilled promises and false starts, electricity supply has begun to return to Magboro and other communities in Ogun State, leaving many residents surprised as they claimed to have lost hope, The Punch reports.
The communities including Ibafo, Mowe and Aseshe had been starved of electricity for over 10 years, a development that hampered business activities and forced some residents to relocate. In December last year, some of the communities were connected to the national grid and supplied electricity by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc through a temporary line, as the Oke-Aro 33KV line, meant to feed the communities, was not ready for energisation. But the residents’ excitement was short-lived as they were again thrown into a total blackout that month.
Last week, the Managing Director, NDPHC, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, visited Ogun State to inspect the substation and the 33KV line, which was being energised. He said the line, which was constructed to serve Magboro, Mowe, Ibafo and others, was currently being energised by a new contractor after the initial contractor did a shoddy job. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Ucak (Nigeria) Limited, the new contractor working on the 33KV line, Mr. Uche Akunaeziri, said the energisation of the line was being done sequentially, adding that the job was 85 per cent completed.