Jubilation as Ibarapa community connected to national grid after 30 years in darkness

Jubilation as Ibarapa community connected to national grid after 30 years in darkness

- Residents of Orita in Eruwa, area of Oyo state expressed joy over the restoration of electricity to the community

- It was gathered that the community has been in darkness since 1989

- The residents got their community connected back to the national grid on Wednesday, May 15

Electricity has been restored to Orita community, a densely populated area in Eruwa, Ibarapa east local government area of Oyo state after 30 years in darkness.

Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, reports that following the faulty electricity transformer, the residents of the community had made several efforts to ensure they were reconnected to national grid after their source of electricity developed fault in 1989.

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A student of Mass Communication department of defunct Ibarapa polytechnic now Adeseun Ogundoyin polytechnic, Ibarapa, Babatunde Morakinyo, said the residents of Orita community and Eruwa as a whole were excited on Wednesday, May 15, when the World Bank and Oyo state government through its agency, the Oyo state Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) handed over 500kva transformer to the community with a view to reconnecting them with national grid.

While narrating how the project was facilitated, Morakinyo said the chairman of the Community Project Management Committee(CPMC), Olusiji Oyinlola, who gave account 10 percent of the total cost contributed by the residents of the community before the World Bank and Oyo state augmented the balance to make it over N8million.

He said other projects embarked upon as announced by Oyinlola were drilling of a unit motorised borehole, renovation and equipment of school dinning-hall, installation of 500kva transformer and electricity extension and construction of a block of six units VIP toilet respectively.

In his encounter with the residents, he lamented that the absence of power in the area since then had crippled their business activities,stressing many had left the community following their inability to cope and live without electricity.

In his comments, Oyinlola appreciated the World Bank and Oyo state government for the financial assistance that triggered the restoration of electricity to the community.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that five weeks after a report on the blackouts experienced in Mokwa, Niger state and the poor response of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to the issue, the town was connected to the grid.

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