..Urge for urgent building of A132/33KV Electricity Substation in affected LGAs
…Owode–Yewa, Ajilete, Oke–Odan, Idiroko, Agosasa, Ijofin, Ajegunle, Ilaro & several other communities have no electricity in the last 10 years – Hon. Kolawole Lawal
BY OBUTE JAMES
The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Ministry of Power, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and Rural Electrification Agency to immediately address the problem of power outage in Yewa, Egbado South and Ipokia Local Government Areas of Ogun State.
The House in its resolution on Tuesday 30th November, urged the Ministry of Power, Ibadan DISCO and REA to as matter of urgency build A132/33KV Electricity Substation in the affected local government areas.
The House Resolution was sequel to a motion moved by Hon. Kolawole Lawal who represnts Yewa/Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
Hon. Kolawole Lawal who is the Chairman, House Committee of Ethics and Privileges also told THE LEGISLATURE in an interview that the motion becomes too necessary due to the plights of his constituents over power outage in the last ten years.
Presenting the motion titled: “Need to Build A132/33KV Electricity Substation in Yewa, Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State” Hon. Lawal noted that the importance of electricity to the socio–economic development of every area cannot be overemphasized.
He said that the 1500 megawatts power supply from the transformer in Agbara 30 MVA sub–station is grossly insufficient to cater for the electricity needs of the people in the area.
“Concerned that the lack of electricity supply due to a non–functional sub–station in Yewa Local Government Area has adversely affected socio–economic activities in the area.
“Also concerned that many communities, especially Owode–Yewa, Ajilete, Oke–Odan, Idiroko, Agosasa, Ijofin, Ajegunle, Ilaro and Ipokia have barely electricity in the last ten years, thus causing disruptions in economic activities in the area.
“Further concerned that the continuous erratic power supply in the area has paralyzed many businesses and rendered business owners jobless, while hospitals have been rendered inoperable, thus denying the people access to adequate health care.
“Disturbed that even with the almost non–existent power supply, the people are inundated with exorbitant estimated bills monthly.
“Cognizant of the need for a 132/33kv substation in Yewa land as the area, which covers over 250 kilometers is currently fed on just a single 33kv line.
“Informed that as a temporary measure, the existing single 33kv line can be converted by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to a double circuit from Papalan to substation to provide some relief to the people before installation of the 132/33kv substation is completed,” Lawal said.
He stressed the urgent need for installation of a 100 MVA Sub–Station at Obasanjo Transmission Station, Ota to ease the burden on Agbara 30MVA Sub–station and improve power supply to Owode–yewa, Ajilete, Oke– Odan, Idiroko, Agosasa, Ijofin, Ajegunle Ilaro in the short term.
Following his prayers, the Green Chamber urged the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to expedite action on their efforts at improving power supply to Owode–Yewa, Ajilete, Oke–Odan, Idiroko, Agosasa, Ijofin, Ajegunle Ilaro and Ipokia in Ogun State.
The House also urged the Federal Ministry of Power to install a 100 MVA Sub–station at Obasanjo Transmission, Ota in the immediate term and ensure the installation of a 132/33 KV Sub–station at a central location in Yewa land.
The House further urged the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to, as a matter of urgency, convert the existing single 33KV line from Papalan to Sub–station to a double circuit line.
The House mandated its Committee on Power to ensure implementation