By Ediri Ejoh
In a bid to meet customers’ demand in power supply, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, yesterday, said it had completed the renovation of Sawmill 3x15MVA, 33/11KV and Agba Dam 2x15MVA,33/11KV Injection Substations in Kwara State. This was even as the company reached out to its franchise area, engaging several community leaders and members in the process to resolve electricity challenges as well as provide necessary facilities.electricity
The upgrade, according to the company will serve communities such as Oko-Erin, ItaAmodu, Niger, Edun, Balogun Fulani, Ori oko/Ago/Fagba, Taiwo, Osere, Opo-Malu, Sabon line, Okesuna,Basin/Fate area, Sabo oke/Agric, TankeAlakowe, Nupe roadand Ojagboro/Ipata, bringing much needed regular power supply to homes and businesses.
In another development, the company has reached out to its franchise area, engaging several community leaders and members in the process. This is in line with the company’s plan to ensure that it collaborates with all its customers and make their voices heard, as the company pushes to improve its distribution network.
Since May this year, monarchs, government representatives, community leaders, CDAs, youths and other stakeholders from several communities have met with the management of the company to solve their most pertinent problems.However, communities from Osu, Oke Mesi, Okuku, Ibokun in Osun State and Abiola Way, Olomore, Obantoko, Afobaje, Obasanjo Farm, Owode in Ogun State were provided new poles and conductors.
“Through these engagements, the company was also able to identify local issues hampering power supply to communities such as Ogijo, Ilaro, Sango, Ita-Oshin, Adigbe, Ijebu Ode, Iberekodo, bode-Olude in Ogun state and Iseyin, Saki, Okeeho, Okeebo, Ona Ara, Alphonsos, Aduloju, Akobo, Iwo road, Moniya, Ogbomoso in Oyo State. Many of these issues were promptly attended to, sometimes involving the repairs of some transformers and upgrade of other electrical installations.”
Other communities also engaged includes; Molatori, Osi, Saadu, Shao, Lalupon, Elebu, Share, Otte, Offa, Ajase-Ipo, Sango, Ota, Ijamido, Imowo, Ilaro, Tanke, Ayepe, Ede, Aduloju, Bashorun, Orogun, Agbowo, Shokas, Ede Ologuneru, Jericho, Elebu and Oladele, Akilapa and Ayepe where resolutions are ongoing on identified issues within the areas.
In a statement backing the community engagement initiative, the Head Branding & Corporate Communications, Mrs. Angela Olanrewaju, pointed out that recent developments within the electricity business has made it more important than ever to reach out to the communities.
She said “This is a strategic effort by the company at solving the immediate needs of our esteemed customers as well as educating them on the issues affecting the electricity sector in Nigeria. Our customers have been cooperative so far, which has further aided our aim of providing quality service. We shall continue to implore everyone to support the electricity distribution business by paying their bills promptly and saying no to energy theft.”