For residents of Ilugun-Itoko Community and its adjoining communities which are within the precinct of Odeda Local government in Ogun State, it was excitements laced with joy as the present administration in Ogun state under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun recently donated a 500 KVA Transformer to solve the age-long epileptic electricity supply in the area.
Residents of the Community, a suburb of the Kemta Idi-Aba Housing Estate which also accommodates the World Renowned Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka had practically been living in darkness for more than eight years.
This is due to the low capacity of the transformer of 300 KVA capacity which serves about eight communities, with no less than 20,000 residents. As a result of the low voltage usually supplied from the transformer year-in-year-out, the situation of electricity supply in the area can be said to be abysmal.
Respite, however, came the way of residents of the community which had waited with bated breath for government’s attention for several years, as the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration.
Apparently, as part of the celebration of its one year in office directed officials of the Bureau of Electrical Services and Urban and Physical Planning to commence the process of installation of a new transformer in the community.
Residents of the community began to see sings of a good thing to come when officials of the Ogun State government under the relevant Minisries and agencies commenced the erection of electricity poles and mapping of the site for the citing of the new transformer.
In less than a week to the appearance of the officials in the community, the Eagle eventually landed as a new 500KVA transformer berth in the community, courtesy of the Ogun State government.
The excitements of the people of the community, including the young and the old since the arrival of the transformer had known no bounds as they continue to express joy and savour the excitement that come with the new addition to their community.
Chief Gbejeoniyi Oladeinde Orobiyi who is the Baale of Ilugun- Itoko Community, in an interview with The Business Package, spoke about the journey towards obtaining a new transformer for the community.
‘’It’s been a while since we’ve been experiencing the problem of poor electricity supply. As you can see, the community is expanding by the day and in the past few years, we’ve been having epileptic power supply’’.
When the problem became unbearable, Chief Orobiyi said the Community sought the help of Professor Wole Soyinka who is an integral part of the community
‘’ This made us approach our father, Professor Wole Soyinka to help us facilitate the procurement of a new transformer by the Government. As God would have it, our request was granted through the grace of God.
We thank our Governor for this gesture. This is because, within the last one-month that we commenced the move, we have seen positive results. As I speak to you, officials of the state government are installing the transformer and new electric poles’’
In terms of communities enjoying the benefits of the new transformer, he said there are no less than eight communities, including Ilugun 1, Ilugun2, Ilugun3, Ifelodun, Surulere, Araromi and also Ifekowajo, Baabo, Ajangboun among others.
Chief Orobiyi stated further,
‘’In terms of population, we should be talking about close to 20,000 inhabitants that are benefitting from this good gesture of Governor Dapo Abiodun’’
Expressing profound appreciation to the Governor of Ogun State , Prince Dapo Abiodun and his entire cabinet on the gesture, he said
‘’ If there is an opportunity to run the affairs of the state for three to four terms, I will say it authoritatively that the entire Ilugun-Itoko Community and its adjoining communities will queue behind Mr. Governor and ask him to continue his stride as the Governor of the state’’
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