The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has once again brought smiles to the faces of its customers as it has fulfilled its promise of renovating the Sawmill 3x15MVA, 33/11KV & Agba Dam 2x15MVA,33/11KV Injection Substations in Kwara State.
The upgrade will serve communities such as Oko-Erin, Ita Amodu, Niger, Edun, Balogun Fulani, Ori oko/Ago/Fagba, Taiwo, Osere, Opo-Malu, Sabon line, Okesuna, Basin/Fate area, Sabo oke/Agric, Tanke Alakowe, Nupe road and Ojagboro/Ipata, bringing much needed regular power supply to homes and businesses. The substations received significant repairs including the purchase and replacement of brand new 11KV panels, breakers and other structural improvement to the whole network.
Prior to these upgrades, the communities being served by the substations have experienced frequent outages due to the inability of the aged switchgear to distribute power effectively which adversely affected business activities in the area. The Chief Technical Officer, Engr. Ade Ayileka, spoke on the recent development saying: ‘This renovation work in Kwara State is part of IBEDC’s vision to steadily improve the state of its network infrastructure. Over N1bn has been earmarked for these projects in 2017 which is being rolled out in phases. We implore our esteemed customers to be patient with us as we are working assiduously to ensure that we cover our entire franchise area in time.’
The improvement was greeted with applause by the hitherto affected communities as the community members thanked IBEDC for bringing long-awaited relief to them. The CTO in his response enjoined the communities to partner with the company by ensuring the new installations are protected from the menace of vandalism. He said ‘We have inherited a huge financial burden in upgrade requirements for our network area. We all need to work together to ensure that our effort in infrastructure development is not short lived due to the greed of a few unscrupulous individuals as it brings huge financial strain on both the company and communities.’