- An agency established to reach out to border communities in the country is changing lives
- A community's electricity has been restored courtesy of the Border Communities Development Agency
- The project was commissioned when BCDA top officials visited border communities in Ogun state
The Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) has completed a transformer project for a community that has been without electricity in the past 11 years.
This was revealed in a statement sent to Legit.ng by Mr. Sadiq Abdullahi Isa, the deputy director of the public affairs and protocol unit of the BCDA.
The statement quoted the traditional leader of the community, the Oniko of Ikolaje, His Royal Majesty Oba John Olakunle Ojo lauding the executive secretary of the BCDA, Captain Junaid Abdullahi for the life-transforming project.
Captain Abdullahi had led members of the BCDA management team to border communities in Ogun state on a two-day working visit from Monday, February 1 to Tuesday, February 2.
Part of the statement read:
“On arrival at Idiroko in Ipokia local government area, the executive secretary and the BCDA team paid a courtesy visit on the Oniko of Ikolaje, His Royal Majesty Oba John Olakunle Ojo.
“His Royal Majesty thanked the executive secretary and the agency for responding to their request with the laudable transformer project to the community that has been without electricity for the past eleven (11) years.
“The official commissioning of the 2.5MVA,33/11 KVA injection transformer and Ring Main Unit (RMU) at Ikolaje Idi-Iroko substation, Ipokia local government area by the executive secretary was greeted with fanfare and jubilation from the host community as the project has brought about a change in their socio-economic wellbeing.
“The next point of call was a visit to the Onipokia of Ipokia, His Royal Majesty Oba Adeniyi Olusola Olaniyan.
“The Onipokia of Ipokia requested that the Agency should intervene to ensure that the projects situated in his domain like the Health Care Centre in Ijofin, Garri Processing Plant become fully operational and functional with the assistance of the agency.
“The executive secretary stated that all the request of the community should be forwarded in writing and they will be looked into for further action.”
Legit.ng gathered that other projects embarked upon by the BCDA in the communities include the construction of border market stalls with solar-powered borehole and overhead tank and renovation of classrooms.
Meanwhile, the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano natural gas pipeline launched on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, will soon be ready.
The facility will ensure Nigeria gets an additional 3,600 megawatts of gas-powered electricity.
In a related development, the presidency has announced that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has so far disbursed N14.35 billion to the Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DisCos), to cover the procurement of 263,860 meters under the National Mass Metering Programme.
According to the CBN, the facility disbursed is a loan that must be repaid by the DisCos on the basis of the previously agreed amortisation schedule.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. Jerrywright is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of both the Nigeria Union of Journalists and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.