Reprieve and relief have come at last for over 500,000 residents of Ondo State South Senatorial District as Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has taken step to complete the ongoing electrification project in the area.
For over 12 years, more than 2,000 communities in five local councils namely: Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Odigbo, have been shut out of the national grid, crippling social and economic activities of the people.
The Interim Administrator of the NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa, declared that the 132/33kv sub-station being constructed by the commission in Okitipupa Local Council would soon provide electricity for the communities.
Akwa disclosed this during a courtesy visit to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in Akure, at the weekend, and also while inspecting the project situated in Ode-Erinje in Okitipupa Local Council of the state.
The Interim Administrator of the NDDC said that both President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, were interested in seeing to the completion of the project.
The NDDC boss promised that the commission would assist the contractor to tackle the challenges of sourcing foreign exchange for the procurement of some of the equipment that needed to be imported.
Akeredolu, in his remark, praised the NDDC and the Interim Administrator for making efforts to release the necessary funds that would facilitate the completion of the project.
The governor said that the project was very dear to the people and urged the NDDC not to relent until the completion of the project.He said the district represents the core economic base of the state.
as it was the oil-producing area, saying that the absence of power supply in the area had affected the state economy.