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By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Saturday lambasted the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, for poor service delivery in Ondo State and other states.
The governor said the states namely Edo, Delta, Ekiti and Ondo, being serviced by BEDC have even threatened to pull out their shareholdings in the company to make them act on the plight of the people and possibly look for a credible investor to service them.
He expressed deep concern over lack of public power supply and total blackout in most parts of the Ondo southern Senatorial District for several years.
Speaking at a wedding ceremony in Okitipupa, Akeredolu said no government would be comfortable seeing a large percentage of its population living their lives in darkness.
He said his administration since inception in 2017 has taken up the issue of public power supply to parts of the state with appropriate authorities almost on daily basis.
“We have not relented on a day at putting this issue on the door steps of the concerned authorities, the Distribution Company, DISCO; Tansmission Company of Nigeria ,TCN and Niger Delta Power Holding of Nigeria, NDPHN.
“We have met severally with the Distribution Company for our State, Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC and have registered displeasure at the services”, he said
Governor Akeredolu flanked by his immediate Predecessor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and the State Chief Judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, noted that Ondo State and other states being serviced by BEDC have even threatened to pull out their shareholdings in BEDC to make them act on the plight of the people and possibly look for a credible investor to service them.
The governor said he was mounting pressures on the Federal Government to enable the state have access to the Omotosho Power Plant and the state owned Independent Power Holding in Ore to ease the power problem of the state.
While urging the people to be patient a little while, Arakunrin Akeredolu said his administration has continued to employ some stop gap measures like the construction of mini grids and solar power to ameliorate the pains of lack of power supply to the people.
He however regretted that mini grids do not have the energy capacity to service cities like Okitipupa other wise the State Government would have provided for the town like it did in communities like Aboto, Ebute Ipare,Igbobini and Gbagira
He assured that the aggregate efforts of his administration would in no distant future yield positive results that will bring enough power supply to every household across the southern part of the state.
Parts of the creative efforts of the State Government at addressing public power supply in the state include the ongoing power plant project at Ugbonla and the Independent Power Plant project at the State University of Science and Technology to cover the University campus and some parts of Okitipupa and Igbokoda.