August 11, (THEWILL) – Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has flagged off the construction work on 132/33 KV power substations in Ijesa-Isu and Ilupeju-Ekiti.
Fayemi, who expressed delight that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in 2020, resulted in commencement of work, said that the project was borne out of the collaboration of his administration with the federal government to solve the problem of epileptic power supply in the state.
Fayemi, who was represented by his Deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, described the project as “another milestone in the quest to make life comfortable for our people”, adding that his administration fulfilled some obligations before the project could see the light of day.
He charged the contractor to ensure the construction of quality project, as “the people of the state are interested in early completion without compromising standards.”
The governor also restated the commitment of his administration to the ongoing work on the Independent Power Project (IPP) aimed at boosting power supply to government offices and facilities in Ado Ekiti, the state capital that would generate additional five megawatts.
Fayemi listed some of the obligations fulfilled by his administration before the project could take off to include survey of the proposed line route, gazette of the line, issuance of the title documents for the land allocation of the substations, acquisition of the right of way, route topography survey, environmental impact assessment and ongoing construction of fence of the project sites.
He said: “Today’s groundbreaking event is to further reawaken the hope of our people, that both the federal and state governments are committed to improving the standard of living and welfare of the people. As I have said on many occasions, Ekiti people are the greatest assets we have and we cannot afford to fail them.
“As a government, we are also committed to the implementation of the Independent Power Project (IPP) which is aimed at generating five megawatts for use of government offices and facilities.
“The project, which is a Public Private Partnership arrangement, upon completion will ensure adequate power supply to government offices and facilities, thereby increasing access to electric power by the public. The five megawatts hitherto supplied to the affected government premises from the national grid will be freed from the use of the general public when the IPP is completed.”
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, commended Fayemi’s administration for its commitment to the realisation of the project and collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Power to boost power supply to communities in Ekiti State and stimulate social and economic development.
Aliyu, who was represented by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, TCN, Dr Sule Abdulaziz, described the projects as strategic, noting that it would have a massive impact on power transmission in Ekiti and its environs.
According to Abdulaziz, “the projects are parts of many projects being undertaken by the TCN in pursuit of grid expansion programme in line with the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari for extension of the power sector for sustainable development.”
The minister noted that when the two power substations at Ijesa Isu and Ilupeju Ekiti are completed, they would relieve the one in Ado Ekiti of its load and bring better power supply to the hinterland on the state.
He said: “The TCN is executing various substation projects which are at various stages of completion. This is an indication that the federal government is not relenting in ensuring that the nation’s power sector receives the desired boost.”
The minister assured that the Ministry of Power would monitor the timeline of the project as contracted, while TCN engineers would ensure effective supervision of the project to ensure that there would be no lapses.
The supervising Ekiti State Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Professor Mobalaji Aluko, noted that the project would complement plans of the state government to improve the quality of energy supply to all the 16 local government areas and 19 local council development areas in the state when completed.
Aluko stated that the level of electricity supplied to the state from the national grid is grossly inadequate when compared to the 150-200 megawatts estimated need of the Ekiti population projected to be around 3.2 million, hence the need for the project.
He explained that the partnership with TCN to construct 132 KV double-circuit transmission lines from Ikere switching station and two associated substations at Ijesa Isu and Ilupeju, is to enhance electricity supply in the state.
The Chairman of the State Council of Obas and Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Ayodele Adejuwon, hailed Governor Fayemi and the federal government for collaborating to bring the project to the state.
Traditional rulers, community leaders, interest groups, indigenes and residents of the communities expected to benefit from the projects when completed lauded both the federal and Ekiti State governments for investing in the project that would boost their social and economic lives.
The project also incorporated the construction of Ikere (Ado Ekiti)-Ijesa Isu-Ilupeju 50 kilometer 133 KV Double Circuit Transmission Line to widen access to regular and reliable public power supply when completed.