The Niger Delta Development Commission(NDDC) on Wednesday assured the people of Ondo Southern Senatorial District of Ondo State that there would be a restoration of electric power to there community. This came after seven years of total blackout in the community.
The state Director of NDDC, Mr Emmanuel Audu, revealed that the commission was working to connect the area to the national grid on or before December 2017.
Audu explained that NDDC found out that the solution required was to bring bulk power from Omotosho Power Plant to Okitipupa. He said that the construction of 132kv line was awarded in 2013 from the power plant to Okitipupa which covers 60 km distance together with the construction of transmitting line over 150 towers.
He said, the second part of the contract is the construction of 2 by 30LVA injection substations to run 33 feeder lines that will power the areas.
“That project is currently on and we have achieved over 48 per cent completion of that project. And if that project comes on stream, the power issue within Igbokoda, Okitipupa and even the neighboring communities will be over,” he stated.
He added that,
“Funding has affected it because we did not make the payment at as when due but efforts are on to get the contractor paid, though they are back to site now.And we hope that before the end of this year or before the first quarter of next year we will round off that project and the electricity issue in the state will be totally resolved,” he assured.
“While adding that paucity of money contributed to slow pace of series of projects seemed to have been abandoned in the area, the NDDC boss said,
“NDDC gets its funding from Federal Government and oil companies but there has been drastic reduction of funding received from the companies because of reduction in their sales and we rely
NDDC gets its funding from Federal Government and oil companies but there has been drastic reduction of funding received from the companies because of reduction in their sales and we rely solely on them for project execution.
“But we are working on it since this present administration came on board, FG has quite been responding as regard its payment. I had, nevertheless, talked with the contractors handling them; we had meetings and I made a promise to them and we were able to get payment to some of them at least about 40% of contractors are back to site.”
He expressed optimism in the fact that the project will be completed soon.
“I think we are able to build confidence in the system once more and it’s a question of time and we believe that in a short time the projects will all be robust and everybody will be happy,”