After eight-years of blackout which predated the era of privitisation, Ijaiye community, an outskirt of Iseyin town in Oyo State has been energised.
Mr John Donnachie, Managing Director of the Ibadan Electricity Company (IBEDC), said the IBEDC had taken the decision to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of Ijaiye and recognising that community was becoming a strategic economic location in Ibadan.
The managing director was quoted to have said in a statement signed by the Head, Branding and Corporate Communications Department, Mrs Angela Olanrewaju on Wednesday in Lagos.
He emphasised that the decision became necessary due to the siting of the new railway terminus in the community that would link the one in Agege Railway in Lagos State thereby making the community a commercial hub for business in less than two years from now.
“Even though their situation was an inherited challenge, we can no longer close our eyes to the sufferings of our customers and the potentials ones in the fast-developing areas critical to our revenue generation.”
The Monarch of the area, Onijaiye of Ijaiye, Oba Lasisi Akano, appealed to the management of IBEDC to take the town as a new revenue generation opportunity, owing to the infrastructural development taking place rapidly in the area. Akano said that the length of Ijaye feeder deserves to have an injection substation.
Also, the regional head of IBEDC Oyo region, Mr Tope Bailey assured the communities and its environs that there would be an increase in the deployment of materials and equipment for the projects in the area for power supply arrangement.
He also assured the communities that their requests for the replacement of fallen poles had been approved, adding that a daily five -hour power supply and plans for eight- hours would be realised within a fortnight.