OrderPaperToday- Senator Nicholas Olubukola Tofowomo representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the 9th Assembly has moved to end 15 years of blackout in Okitipupa, Ilaje, Ese-Odo, Irele and Odigbo Local Government Areas of Ondo State.
Coming under orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rules, Tuesday, Sen. Tofowomo informed the Senate that Ondo South needed electricity supply to be restored. The area has been in total blackout for more than 15 years.
He noted the unfortunate situation in his senatorial district where 90 per cent of his people have been deprived of electricity power supply since 2007.
“The situation is embarrassing and despicable because I continue to wonder if Ondo South is part of Nigeria. Because suffering from electricity blackout for about 14 years has grounded many economic activities in the district.”
The lawmaker was concerned that a senatorial district suffering from dismal electricity power supply generates electricity in Omotosho Power plant in Okitipupa Local Government with a capacity of 512.8MW and 451MW Net since 2005.
Sadly, he lamented, people from the local government and a large percentage of people from Ondo south are not benefiting from the distribution.
He disclosed that intervention came in 2012, about nine years ago, by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with a 132KV transmission and 132KV/33KV substation contract. Thus a line was awarded in Okitipupa Local Government.
“As of today, 85 per cent of the job has been completed, and all the 145 Transmission Line Towers from Omotosho Power Station to the sub station has been completed.
“The outstanding substation works remain 15 per cent which can be accomplished without delay if all the necessary machinery are put in place. Then, the substation can be ready for transmission to the federal feeders in Irele, Odigbo, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Okitipupa Local Governments.”
The Senate, therefore, appealed to Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to complete the remaining 15 per cent within the shortest possible time. Completing the contract will aid the availability of the electric power supply before the end of the year.
The Senate also appreciated the NDDC for installing a transmission substation in Okitipupa Local Government to supply electricity to the areas.