The All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Ogun East, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has paid N25 million being the first tranche of the N50 million needed to provide power supply to Ogun Waterside communities.
He presented the cheque to the Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, who handed it over to the Corporate Affairs Manager of IBEDC, the power distribution company in charge of the state, Mrs. Bolanle Onagoruwa.
The people of Ogun Waterside local government had been in darkness for over two years due to poor connection, bad cables and faulty equipment, according to a release made available to THISDAY.
Abiodun had at the commencement of his political campaign asked the people in different towns and communities in the district to prioritise their challenges. It was then he discovered that communities in the Ogun Waterside have been suffering from total power outage for over two years.
After talks with the power company, the APC chieftain offered to assist the firm with N50 million to enable it restore power supply to the affected communities.
“Prince Dapo Abiodun took it upon himself to partner us and basically told us that his objective is that those Waterside communities should have power supply. We submitted the quotation to him which covers what we call the 33KVA line. It’s quite a long line that will end up in the waterside. By the time we fix the line, there would be power supply in the area.
“We appreciate the partnership and we assure that we will add our own and our contractors are set to ensure we deliver as scheduled”, Onagoruwa stated at the brief ceremony held recently with no fewer than seven traditional rulers from Ogun Waterside in attendance at the Awujale’s palace, Ijebu-Ode.
The Awujale expressed his displeasure about the services of the power distributor, complaining about incessant power outage in Ijebuland as a result of obsolete equipment and lack of maintenance. He, however, tasked the company to ensure that the work is done within the 30-day timeframe agreed with Abiodun.
Commenting on the gesture, Oba Adetona declared that such was unprecedented, adding that the efforts being made by the politician are indications of what to expect when he gets to office.
He, therefore, charged all the traditional rulers in Ijebuland, particularly those from the Waterside to spread the news about the gesture and compensate him (Dapo Abiodun) with their votes during the February 14 election.