Still basking in the joy of being energized with electricity supply after several years of power outage, the Olu of Igbokoda, Oba Felix Balogun and some residents on Thursday commended the management and staff of BEDC Electricity Plc (BEDC) for getting the town reconnected to the national grid.
Speaking during a Town Hall meeting organized by BEDC in Igbokoda, Oba Balogun noted that the distribution company (DISCO) not only deserved praise for the reconnection, but also for being on ground with its technical staff to resolve likely teething problems that may arise due to the prolonged outage.
He appealed to residents to be patient with BEDC in completing the power restoration to the 11 outstanding distribution transformers. It will be recalled that 10 substations that were energized as at Wednesday included; Larada, General Hospital Secretariat road substation, Ikuomola, Ilara, Orioketilu, Church substation, Okoga College road/Omotehin, GRA1, GRA4/NDDC and Broadstreet substation.
Oba Balogun further urged residents to work hand in hand with BEDC staff in ensuring that electricity supply reached all parts of Igbokoda, adding that now that electricity was restored, they should ensure prompt payment of their bills to strengthen relationship with the power firm, assuring that he would personally lead the team collecting bills to facilitate payment “especially now that BEDC has come to our aid in ensuring that we have light.”
Also reacting to the reconnection, several indigenes of Igbokoda praised BEDC for facilitating the reconnection of Igbokoda in collaboration with the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) back to the grid, adding however that the company should endeavor to complete the energisation of the remaining 11 distribution substations in the town and that it should give regular supply and prepaid meters to customers in the town.
Mr. Tanimowo Igbokoyi and Prince Folorunso Oyeyemi both indigenes of Igbokoda equally lauded BEDC for the restoration of electricity supply to the town saying “we thank you for making Ilaje happy. There is light now in Igbokoda. We are grateful to BEDC for giving us light after 10years. May God help them”.
Addressing the town hall meeting, Chief State Head, Ondo/Ekiti State, Mrs. Kunbi Labiyi remarked that the restoration was made possible through the collaboration between Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and BEDC and that the supply was from Ondo Transmission Substation.
Mrs Labiyi said the Igbokoda reconnection was the Phase 1, while Phase 2 she said will entail the energisation of the outstanding 11 transformers, adding that the Phase 3 will connect new communities yet to be on the national grid.
She however told the Igbokoda community that the present Ondo Transmission Station feeder which supplies electricity to Igbokoda town was lengthy and thus prone to fault, adding that the 132kva Erinje substation if worked upon by federal government, would serve the whole of Ondo South including Igbokoda more.
The Ondo State Chief state head also said because of being out of supply for a long period, the residents had violated safety rules including trading under power lines and right of way, even as the traditional ruler and the Igbokoda local government agreed to ensure enforcement on the violation of Right of Way and other safety misdemeanors.
Mrs Labiyi equally explained BEDC customer complaints process, payment channels and the need for the residents to work hand in hand with BEDC officials to be better served.