While many Nigerians commended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari for improved electricity supply they enjoyed throughout the festive period, it was not the same for members of Ogijo community in Ogun State, a border town between Ogun and Lagos states. Aggrieved members of the community alleged that Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) deliberately disconnected their supply at Shagamu Station, which left the area in darkness for some months and throughout the yuletide.
It was gathered that one of the reasons for the disconnection was a protest community members staged to the Ogijo office of IBEDC over poor power supply over the years despite the exorbitant bill they pay monthly. While they appealed to Buhari and the Minister for Power, Housing and Works, Babatunde Fashola, to urgently intervene to restore power, they also claimed that the situation is making life difficult as well as paralyzing their businesses. They stressed: “Criminals are now taking advantage of the permanent darkness to foment trouble in our areas.”
TCN Describes Osun As Heart Of Power Transmission In Nigeria – Independent
TCN has described Osun State as the heart of power transmission in the country because of the weight of power facility domiciled in the state. TCN Managing Director, Usman Muhammed, stated this during a visit to Governor Gboyega Oyetola at the weekend. He said: “Osun is significant to us as a company, as Osogbo, the state capital, remains the heart of TCN in this country. “We are here to visit the governor to strengthen our partnership so as to ensure improvement in our service delivery to the country.
“Right now, Osun has six transmission lines while two are virtually ready for installation to make it eight. Osun also has five sub-stations that make the state to be outstanding. “These are milestones because many states do not even have one transmission line. “As a sensitive company, efforts have been improved upon to meet the national electricity requirement by making NCC a real National Control Centre. “So, we are ready to work with Osun State government to expand its electricity capacity for the development of the state”.
Muhammed, who was accompanied by top officials, said TCN under his watch, had recorded great achievements and completed many projects, which were abandoned in the past. He said the efforts of his team led to the improvement in electricity transmission being witnessed in recent times. Muhammed said the company took a decision to collaborate with Osun State in cognisance of her economic potentials. Governor Oyetola described Osun as an investment destination because of the relatively stable electricity supply.