— Project, 99.9% completed, will be ready in two weeks- Contractor
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has assured the residents of five council areas in Ondo state, of restoration of their electricity after being in total blackout for 13 years.
Executive Director of Project of the Commission, Mr. Charles Ogunmola, gave the assurance after he led a delegation team to inspect the 132KV transmission line and 132/33KV substation being constructed by the Commission in the Okitipupa area of the state.
Ogunmola was accompanied by other directors, including Member representing Ondo State, Hon. Barr. Olugbenga Edema, Engr. Onwo Nelson, Director, PMS , Port Harcourt, Engr. Uno. O .Uno, Director, UIDW, Port Harcourt, Mr Eddie Gordon Okeya, Director, CRD PH;
Barr. Salami Olaniyi Okogie, Director Ondo State office amongst others.
He said that the power supply project would be commissioned before the end quarter of 2023 and commissioned by the President before leaving in May.
” NDDC is ready to restore light to the Niger Delta coastline of Ondo State and also wants the Project Commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari as soon as possible.
“We are looking for projects across the 9 Niger Delta states which had been awarded by our predecessors that need low cost to be completed and Okitipupa power station is one of them to be considered.
” I am from Ondo State, so the project is more important to me. Our people must finally get out of black out that has befallen them for the past 13 years”
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, speaking through his Energy and Mineral Resources Commissioner, Hon. Rasaq Obe, expressed happiness that the residents of the five council areas would soon say byebye to darkness.
The Contractor, MD Steady Engineering Limited, Benson Obayelu, said that the project was 99.9% completed, and that the project will be delivered in the next two weeks if the Commission was ready.
Obayelu, noted that the project was presently undergoing testing processes adding that the commission should get the BEDC’s final approval for proper connection to Omotosho Power Station.
He appealed to the commission to consider Erinje, the host community, while distributing the electricity supply to other communities.
Earlier, the delegation visited Omotosho Electric energy Company limited, Omotosho in Okitipupa, where they were assured that the connection of Okitipupa sub station to Omotosho power step down will take just only one day.