Osun state Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has promised to complete the ongoing construction of the small hydroelectric power project initiated by his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
The power project is located at Ikeji Ile and would serve the two major towns (Ikeji Ile & Ipetu Ijesa) in Oriade local government re of the state.
This was made known by the leader of the government delegation to the project site, the secretary to the state government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji.
Oyebamiji said “One of the essence of continuity is what’s about unfolding, government is in continuum; and primarily the essence of every responsible government the world over is to bring security, peace and development to the people.”
“The present day government under the leadership of our amiable Governor, Gboyega Oyetola has promised to make life meaningful for all the citizens as the completion of this project, which is masses driven will bring development and more comfort to the people of this community,” he added.
The Supervisor for Works in the state, Engr. Remi Omowaiye showered encomium on the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for their support and technical assistance thus far on the project, as he revealed that Governor Oyetola has given a marching order for the completion of the Ikeji Ile Hydroelectric power project without delay.
He said the development is a pilot scheme to give birth to other dams which have the potential of generating more utilizable power for the use of the state such as the Owalla, Kajola dam.
“The primary initiative of this scheme is to support the generating capacity of the Buhari led Federal government to ensure steady and stable power supply, as the Owalla hydroelectric project in Egbedore LG when completed can be used to provide electricity for the entire complex of the government secretariat at Abeere which will enhance productivity of the workers for optimal performance,” he said.
Omowaiye attested that the scheme is borne out of creativity and ingenuity on the part of the leadership of the state to make the little resources available deliver true governance to the nooks and crannies of Osun.
Speaking further on the project, the coordinating director of the state ministry of works and transport, Engr. Adesoji Adeniji chronicled the intention and objective of the mini power generating project.
He said, “we are tapping into one of the abundant natural resources in Osun; water to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive, as the hydroelectric project will generate between 70 – 80 Kilowatt of power for the state water corporation at Ikeji Ile for onward distribution of pipe – borne water to the entire household in the town and Ipetu Ijesa by extension, and make regular power provision for the newly constructed artisan village, a central location where you can bring your electrical appliances and equipment as an artisan to practise and promote your trade.”
Adeniji added that the project is 85% completed as the structural, mechanical and civil aspect of the project is almost done, as well as the synchronization of the two turbines.