The governor of Kogi, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has awarded the contract for the reconnection of Abejukolo township, headquarters of Omala Local Government Council, nine years after it was disconnected from electricity supply.
Bello who was displeased by the unfortunate situation facing Omala, due to the blackout over nine years ago, immediately mobilised contractors to site to enable the community to enjoy electricity supply.
The Chairman of Omala Local Government, Hon. Ibrahim Yakubu Aboh, in his remarks, expressed delight and praised the sincere leadership style of the governor.
In his words, “The change we seek is here. It’s obvious that the new direction mantra of Alhaji Yahaya Bello is real. Let’s support the governor and his new direction team to move our dear state higher.”
He added, “We have presented some pressing needs like Abejukolo township road, the return of commercial bank to Abejukolo and electricity before the governor and he has assured us that they will be tackled head on to give relieve to the people.
Aboh also commended the governor’s gesture for promising to use his personal money to fund the project without waiting for government allocation.
He said the governor had displayed unique love for Omala people by considering the rehabilitation of the township road ahead of the contract probe, with Abejukolo township as one of the failed contracts.
Special Adviser to the governor on Energy and Mineral Resources, Honourable Otayitie Emenefo, also said, “We are here to ascertain the extent of damage and come up with the estimated cost needed to carry out the project and forward same to his Excellency for the release of fund and for implementation to commence immediately.”
Other members of the Technical committee who were on the ground for the assessment are Mr A. A. Yusuf, an engineer and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of works; Isah Abdulraman, regional Manager, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company(AEDC); Mr Oluseyi Henry Omotoso, Power Tech consultant; Mr Bilkis, Consultant, Design Age consult and Ismaila I. Maji, AEDC service Manager, Abejukolo.