By Jacob Akintunde, Akure
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), have assured the people of the south senatorial district of Ondo state of reconnecting their electricity power supply after twelve years of blackout.
The Executive Director of the company, Engineer Ifeoluwa Oyedele gave the assurance on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Akure, Ondo state capital saying that all is now set for the recommissioning of electricity restoration projects in the area.
According to him restoration of electricity supply had been completed in communities such as Ajagba, Igbokoda, Okitipupa and Igodan Lisa (OSUSTECH) while rehabilitation of Ore- Okitipupa 33KV line had equally been completed.
Engr. Oyedele also said work is on-going on rehabilitation of Okitipupa to Ilutitun 11KV through Ikoya, Rehabilitation of Igbotako to Ilutitun 33kv line through Ijuodo, and the rehabilitation of Ore to Irele 33kv line.
He said residents of the southern part of Ondo state who have been in total darkness for the past 12 years would soon have cause to smile as the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is expected to commission the electricity projects.
While saying the electricity restoration projects are wholly efforts of federal government, Oyedele assured that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo will soon come to commission them.
“It is now certain that the people of the area will have power supply because the job have been completed. Right now what we are doing is recommissioning test, our work is to restore power supply.
“This project were conceived by the Vice President, designed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and awarded to contractors that have passed the test and it has nothing to do with any individual, state, local government or politics. It is purely federal government sponsored projects being hold by the Niger Delta Power Holding Limited. It is about development”, he said.
It would be recalled that over 1,000 communities in the six local government areas of the district had been without power supply following an alleged indebtedness of the electricity consumers in the senatorial district.
But NDPHC Executive Director said, “I am not aware of any debts being owed by any people, but in any case what I know is that every consumers applies to be connected for power supply. It is an individual things not community thing. But I know that in Ondo south senatorial district, the place is not classified as eligible customers, this is an individual to those who applied from former NEPA. But I know that if you have outstanding payment you have to pay.”
Engr. Oyedele also disclosed that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) have signed an agreement with the Disco in supplying meters to any customers across the country.
His words, “the NERC has what we call meters accessment programme and this make it possible between the meters providers and the consumers at the easy time. I think Disco have signed an agreement with NERC. It is the responsibility and duty of Disco to provide meters to all their customers all across the country. Anybody wishes to have this meters should approach Disco”.