The governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has commissioned the 3.6 megawatts Ekiti Independent Power Project (IPP) in Ado Ekiti, in a move seen as a major step towards industrialisation of the state, All Nigeria Latest News reports.
Governor Oyebanji, while commissioning the project situated on Bank Road, Ado Ekiti, highlighted that the initiative would alleviate power challenges for residents and businesses. Additionally, he emphasized the positive impact on economic activities, industrialization, and the overall quality of life for the people of the state.
The commissioning of the Independent Power Plant (IPP) occurred just a month after the Governor inaugurated electricity projects in various communities across four local government areas. These areas had been without power supply for over a decade.
The governor, who described the IPP project as a game changer, said the project is a testament to his administration’s commitment to self-sufficiency of energy aimed at bringing about rapid industrial development of the state through enhanced economic activities and employment opportunities that would lead to growth and development.
Governor Oyebanji, who emphasised the importance of the project in meeting the growing energy demand of the state, while reducing dependence on the national grid, said his administration has put in place a series of measures to put an end to the ugly situation of epileptic power supply in the state.
The governor explained that his government has rehabilitated and reconnected Gbonyin/ Aiyekire and Ekiti East 33KV line to the national grid, evacuated energy from the 30MVA transformer at the TCN facility at Omisanjana to the Industrial and Tourism zone of Erijiyan and Ikogosi, extension of electricity to the Agric Processing Zone in Iyemero from Eruku in Kwara State as well as rehabilitation of 33KV network from Ilumoba to Ikole Ekiti as against the former connection to Omu-aran feeder, among other interventions in the power sector.
Governor Oyebanji also said that his government has been able to increase the commercial hours of the state capital by changing the conventional streetlight lamps to solar lamps to improve economic activities in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, while efforts are being put in place to replicate same across the local government areas.
Governor Oyebanji expressed appreciation to the management of Fenchurch Power Limited for the prompt completion of the project. He also called on investors in the power sector, specifically urging meter vendors to consider investing in Ekiti. He highlighted the state’s electricity law, which presents an opportunity for independent meter vendors to supply meters to interested customers.
He urged residents of the state to see all electrical facilities in their domains as their properties and to jealously guide and protect them from vandalisation.
Governor Oyebanji also assured that he will not rest until energy, which is the bedrock of industrialization, is in abundant supply to support the productive energy of the people.
Olufemi Bakare, Chairman, Ekiti Independent Power Project, in his remark said the commissioning of the IPP is an indication that Ekiti State is a forward-thinking and progressive in its effort towards power generation and distribution by taking advantage of the recently passed electricity law.