The Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, has said the company is committed to energising the line that is meant to supply power to Magboro and other communities in Ogun State.
He said testing had been carried out on the Oke-Aro 33KV line following the construction of the project.
“My team and I came last year when we inherited that project. The contractor for a section of the work did a poor job. But we have done everything to rectify that. Those we discovered during testing, we’ve done a lot of things,” Ugbo told our correspondent.
He said a lot of substandard items such as insulators used by the contractor had been replaced.
He said, “In fact, about 1,000 insulators were changed from what my distribution team briefed me. But in the process, we suffered some vandalism of conductors and copper wires. So, we are working with Ibadan Disco to rectify the problem.”
Ugbo said he was accountable to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on the project, adding, “I monitor my team on a daily basis and they have assured me that at least Oke-Aro to the MFM would be energised. They have given me very aggressive timeline.
“But I don’t want to place any timeline again because things keep coming up and, sometimes, they get hampered even by the rain. Some of the sections are waterlogged; so, they find it difficult to work when it is raining. I know the Magboro communities there have not had light for awhile.”
The Oke-Aro 330/132/33kV transmission substation, which was built under the National Integrated Power Project scheme by the NDPHC, was inaugurated in May 2015.
Ugbo said, “It is one of intervention projects to quicken access to distribution. We are spending government money to do that; the money would have been spent by the distribution company. But we can’t wait for them because the government is also responsible and it is trying to ensure that Nigerians have light. We are committed to ensuring that the project is done.”
He said the contractor that did a poor job had been blacklisted by the company because “it is costing us a lot more money to rectify the issues.”
“We are energising Oke-Aro to the MFM, and that will give Magboro electricity while we continue. The whole job will finish in a matter of days,” the NDPHC MD said.
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc said last month that it could not supply electricity to the communities until the line had been successfully energised.
Some of the communities were connected to the grid in December last year and supplied electricity by the IBEDC after 10 years of total outage, a development that was greeted with excitement.
The communities were connected to the grid through a temporary line, the new Abeokuta 132/33KV substation, as the Oke-Aro substation meant to feed the Mowe/Ibafo/Magboro axis was not ready for energisation.
But the residents’ excitement was short-lived as they were again thrown into a total blackout that month.
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